Branch Standard At Lanester
Branch Standard at Lanester
On Monday 1st November 2010, the Branch was invited by the Maire of Lanester, Mme Therese Thiery, to take part in ceremonies to remember the dead. The party started at Kervido Cemetery where, after a minute's silence near the entrance, the standards, French and the branch’s (which was carried by Rodney Curtis, Branch Chairman, in the absence of Jimmy Rowe, the Standard Bearer), were paraded around the whole cemetery stopping at various points to remember the people resting there.
Next, the party joined many others at the entrance to Corpont Cemetery for a short remembrance and wreath laying ceremony. Then, preceded by the Standards, the party moved to the memorial inside the cemetery, where again wreaths were laid.
After this, the party visited the graves of seven British airmen who were shot down in 1940 where more wreaths were laid, including one by Jean-Claude Ruel, Branch Liaison Officer, and one by Branch Poppy Appeal Organiser, Catherine Curtis. A wooden cross was placed on each grave. After this, the graves of four previous Maires of Lanester were visited. M Wahmetrus Cilane was kind enough to take some photographs of the branch officers with Mme le Maire, before all members of the party went off for vin d’honneur.