Armed Forces Day/75th Anniversary of VJ Day

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Armed Forces Day 2021

26th June 2021 Orihuela Cathedral

Armed Forces Day saw Members of the Alicante Branch and other Branches in Spain District North attended the Armed Forces Day Service at Orihuela Cathedral. The service was attended by His Excellency Hugh Elliot, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, who is also the Patron of The Royal British Legion in Spain. Also attending was the Mayor of Oriheula His Excellency Emilio Bascunana Galiano, The Chief of Police, and several serving officers of the British Armed Forces in Spain. The Alicante Branch was well represented with Jack Kemp carrying out the duties of Parade Marshall while Mary Kemp carried the Union Flag, John Pratt, the District Standard and Calum Venters the Branch Standard.  

Jack Kemp District Parade Marshall and Alicante Branch Chairman keeping the police, Navy, SAS and the church in line.


Alicante branch Standard bearer Mary Kemp with the British Ambassador and Don Cubbon Chairman District North Spain. 

Not sleeping, contemplating

Norman and Terry trying to look like choir Boys 


Happy to be in the sun


Jack shows the Ambassador a clean set of gloves 


The Alicante Branch of The Royal British Legion

Commemorated the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day

& Belated Armed Forces Day

Saturday 15th August 2020


On a lovely Summers day with temperatures hitting 32o Branch Members and guests gathered at The International Club in El Campello for the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day and a belated AFD Celebrations.

During the poem Flanders Fields four Poppy Wreathes were laid, the District North Spain Chairman Mr Don Cubbon laid a Poppy Wreath on behalf of all Branches, in District North, which was followed by Mr Ian Price, the Vice-Chairman of Alicante Branch followed by Mrs Lyn Cubbon on behalf of Gandia Branch followed by Mrs Gillian Hovell the President of The International Club. The Parade of Standards proceeded, with the Branch Chairman Mr Jack Kemp carrying the Union Flag, his wife Mary Lou carrying the Spanish National Flag, the Branch Secretary Mr John Pratt carrying the Branch Standard. The Act of Homage Dip for the Last Post, 2 Minutes Silence and Reveille which was followed by the UK and Spanish National Anthems. After the Parade of Standards Jack and Mary Lou were presented with a fabulous Poppy Print given by one of the families that Jack and Mary supported as BCS Members during the Covid 19 Pandemic, I would like to say thank you very much to Jill, Tony and Margaret.

After the ceremonial side of the event the Branch Members and guests enjoyed a BBQ and themed music provided by one of our Members Mr Terry Sandford. I would just like to thank those involved in making the day so special and the Members and guests for attending and making it an enjoyable day.

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