Proud Tribute by Old Soldiers; SERVICE: Royal British Legion's Role Is Praised and Horrors of the Somme Recalled

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), July 8, 2006 | Go to article overview

Proud Tribute by Old Soldiers; SERVICE: Royal British Legion's Role Is Praised and Horrors of the Somme Recalled


Byline: By Steve Evans

OLD soldiers proudly gathered in Nuneaton to pay tribute to the work of the Royal British Legion in Warwickshire - and to remember the carnage of the Somme.

Nuneaton was chosen to host the legion's 85th annual county parade, and dozens of veterans took part in a march-past and a service of thanksgiving.

The poignant service at St Nicolas Parish Church also marked the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme which, in 1916, resulted in the bloodiest action in British military history.

David Tyler, Bedworth-based secretary of the Royal British Legion in Warwickshire, said: "This parade is an annual event and we were proud to let the Nuneaton and Stockingford branch host it this year.

"There was an excellent turnout, with up to 30 standard-bearers from around the county."

The parade was led by the award-winning cadet band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, Air Training Corps - recently voted the best in the Midlands.

They led the parade from the Market Place to the parish church, and then back along Vicarage Street for a salute on the steps of Nuneaton Town Hall. …

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