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Bishop's Stortford Town Carnival - Saturday 15th June 2019

Please come and visit us at our Royal British Legion stall on Sworders Field for the Carnival and Fun Day on Saturday 15th June. D-Day badges and lots of other Royal British Legion merchandise will be on sale and it is a good opportunity for us to talk to you about what we are planning in the coming months.

Armed Forces Day Parade 29th June 2019

On 29th June The Royal British Legion, Bishop’s Stortford Branch, will again be organising the Armed Forces Day Parade in Bishop’s Stortford. The Parade will be led by Royal British Legion Standards and 309 (Sawbridgeworth) Sqn. ATC Cadet Band and will include Royal British Legion Branch and Women’s Section Members, past and present members of the Armed Forces, Army, Navy and Air Cadet Units, and representatives from local emergency services.  The newly formed Hertfordshire Police Cadet Unit will also be joining the parade this year.

The Parade will assemble at the junction of Basbow Lane and Windhill at 1.50pm and at 2.00pm march down Windhill and Bridge Street to the War Memorial where a short Service of Remembrance and Minutes’ silence will be held with addresses by the Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford and John B Robinson, President of the Bishop’s Stortford Branch of The Royal British Legion. Parade participates and members of the public will then be invited into the Markwell Pavilion where refreshments will be served.

Members of the Armed Forces past and present wishing to join the parade should report to the Parade Commander Flt. Lt. Paul Snook at 1.50am. For further information contact terriearcher@hotmail.com

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Great Pilgrimage 90

A decade after the end of WW1 veterans and war widows visited the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8th August 1928. Exactly 90 years later on 8th August 2018 over 2400 Royal British Legion Standard Bearers and Wreath Layers marched along the same route to mark the centenary of the start of the "Last 100 Days" offensive.

The march past was observed by royal, diplomatic, civic and military guests from the UK, Commonwealth and around the world. Each branch attending delivered a wreath containing a message of Remembrance written by their community, to the Menin Gate. The wreaths were collected and subsequently built into a display within the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Grounds that surround the memorial for later viewing by the general public.

We are very proud that our Standard Bearer Arthur King and Wreath Layer Peter Wilson took part in this memorable event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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