Lantern release marks anniversary of soldier’s death

HERO: fallen soldier James Leverett.
HERO: fallen soldier James Leverett.

A MASSIVE charity lantern release will mark the first anniversary of the death of Rawmarsh soldier James Leverett.

Royal Dragoon Guard James died while serving in Afghanistan last summer, when a roadside bomb exploded under the army vehicle in which he was travelling.

James’ mother Sharon and the mother of his baby, Tiffany Lound, have organised the anniversary event, after the community rallied round to support them in a similar way, last year.

The heavens lit up on that emotional July evening, as hundreds of Chinese lanterns rose in to the night sky at Rawmarsh Rosehill Victoria Park.

In an announcement on social networking site, Facebook, the two women said they would be “honoured” if people would attend again on July 5 this year. They will have the chance to buy balloons to write messages on, and these will be released at 9pm, with the lanterns to follow.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Royal Dragoon Guards’ Welfare Service.

In June, another special service will take place to honour James at Rawmarsh War Memorial, with local councillors, clergy, his family and invited guests.

Tiffany was pregnant when James died on July 5, and now has a baby son who she named after his father.