Old Soldiers Unfurl Their New Standard; PARADE: Pride and Remembrance at Royal British Legion Ceremony

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), October 8, 2008 | Go to article overview

Old Soldiers Unfurl Their New Standard; PARADE: Pride and Remembrance at Royal British Legion Ceremony


Byline: By Steve Evans

TEENAGERS and old soldiers marched proudly side by side as Bedworth said a solemn farewell to its Royal British Legion standard.

The old Bedworth branch standard was handed over to the rector of Bedworth and is now in the safe keeping of the town's All Saints Parish Church.

A new standard was then unfurled and placed on the altar for a service of dedication by the rector, the Rev Richard Hare.

Sunday's service was the last time the Bedworth branch of the Royal British Legion paraded their old standard through the streets of their home town.

Bedworth has earned a reputation as the town that never forgets. Its annual Armistice Day parade and service - always held at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - is renowned nationwide.

This November, the branch will have a new standard for the Armistice Day parade.

Members of the band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps were given the honour of leading the procession as the old standard was paraded through the streets for the last time.

Flt Lt Ian Crewe, the commanding officer of 121 Squadron, said: "We are always glad to be able to take part in these events, especially those of the Royal British Legion with whom we are affiliated. …

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