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Past Outings and Visits

Welcome to the Market Harborough Branch of The Royal British Legion

Outings Arranged or Shared

Army Air Corps Museum and Winchester 2000

Museum of Army Flying - Restoring a Hamilcar Glider -200x-.jpg Lt Col Hignet + Churchill - 200x-.jpg

The Hamilcar was enormous. For ex-glider pilot, member Bernard Halsall, the visit brought back many memories.

This picture is in the Green Howards Museum. With Churchill is Lt Col Hignett commander of the elite Phantom Force.
For some years, Col Hignett was  our Branch President.

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The Great Hall of Winchester Castle.

The Knights Round Table in the Great Hall

Battlefields of France & Belgium

With County Standard Bearers' Association on their biennial visits. Branch Standard Bearers usually attend and other members sometimes accompany them as in 1993 and 2005. A few members went to Ypres in 2009.

John Cox + Gordon Adnet at Tyne Cot 1993 -200x-.jpg Last Post at Thiepval 1993 - 200x-.jpg
John Cox and Gordon Adnett at Tyne Cot Cemetery in 1993 Last Post at the Thiepval Memorial in 1993
Belgium 2005 with County Std Bearers.jpg Preservered trenches - Ypres 2009 -200x-.jpg
Mark Hudson and John Cox at Dunkirk in 2005 Preserved trenches near Ypres in 2009

Beaumanor Hall Annual "Music for a Summer Evening" Concerts

Branch Standard Bearer usually attends. Groups of members and guests have attended as was the case in 2000, when these photos were taken.

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Standard Bearers and Cadets form up then march to the stage where the orchestra is ready to start the concert. Everyone brings a picnic but some prefer a four- course dinner!
Concert climax -200x-.jpg Land of Hope and Glory - 200x-.jpg
The climax of "Music for a Summer Evening" is a bit like the last night at the Proms Union Jacks are available and used to create that patriotic flavour to the event.

Bletchley Park 2002

On the day of our visit, in addition to the Museum House and Huts being open, there was a WW2 Re-Enactment event. Nostalgic for some of us!

Re-enactment parade 4 -200x-.jpg Re-enactment parade 2 - 200x-.jpg
Motor cycling MPs lead a contingent of US troops A mini- motorcycle (as dropped by parachute) follows a period civilian car.
Re-enactment parade 1 -200x-.jpg Re-enactment parade 3 - 200x-.jpg
War-time fashions included carrying a gas mask A lone piper ends the parade.

Canal Outings

Canal 1998 Canal 2004 -1
At Foxton crew relax after successful voyage to Fleckney in 1998 A smaller party went on the 2004 canal trip
Canal 2000 Canal 2004 - 2
Stormy weather in 2000 but Bob England and Mark Hudson navigate safely Norman and Joy Banting with Wendy Osborne were in the 2004 part

Cosford Air Museum 2001

Covert War Museum, Harrington 2001

CarpetbaggersThe museum opened especially and gave a conducted tour for our party

Edinburgh Tattoo

As part of a holiday in 1998 with a local Coach Operator 

Festival of Remembrance in Leicester

Branch Standard Bearer and some members usually attend this annual event

Guards Museum & RAF Church (St. Clements Danes)
2010

Imperial War Museum at Duxford
In 2000, 2007

Iron Bridge and Blists Hill Museums
2001 

Jaguar Factory Coventry

Branch members were invited to join this M H Photographic Society visit 

Leicester Mercury Offices and Print Works 

Long Alley Skittles

Evening events at pubs in Kibworth (1999) and Fleckney (2000) 

Military Tattoo in Manchester

With RNA in

National Memorial Arboretum

2006 - 49 (West Riding) Division (Polar Bears) -200x-.jpg 2006 - Gallipoli -200x-.jpg

2006 - In the Chapel - 200x-.jpg 2006 - Shot at Dawn -200x-.jpg

2008 with RNA

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National Museum of Photography Bradford

Branch members were invited to join this M H Photographic Society visit 

Normandy

A holiday in 2000 with a local Coach operator

D- Day Anniversary visits in 2004 and 2009

VE Day Anniversary visit 

Poppy Factory

Visit by Branch members and invited Poppy Appeal Collectors in 2002 

Poppy Race Days

At Newmarket in 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007

At Doncaster in 2002, 2004 

Royal Albert Hall

Festival of Remembrance - Branch Standard Bearer selected in

Individual Members have attended

Mountbatten Concert by the Band of the Royal Marines - with RNA 

Weston Park - RBL 75th Anniversary Celebration 1996

Branch Standard Bearer and a party of members attended

Ypres - 2009 

York - 1996 Coach trip

Outings the Branch Arranged or Shared

Poppy Race Days

At Newmarket in 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007
At Doncaster in 2002, 2004

Canal Outings

Day trips from Foxton  in 1998, 2000 and 2004

Long Alley Skittles

Evening events at pubs in Kibworth (1999) and Fleckney (2000)

Imperial War Museum at Duxford

In 2000, 2007

Battle Fields of France & Belgium

With County Standard Bearers' Association on their biennial visits

Branch Standard Bearers usually attend and other members sometimes accompany them as in 1999,

Normandy

A holiday in 2000 with a local Coach operator
D- Day Anniversary visits in 2004 and 2009
VE Day Anniversary visit

Festival of Remembrance in Leicester

Branch Standard Bearer and some members usually attend this annual event

Edinburgh Tattoo

As part of a holiday in 1998 with a local Coach Operator

Military Tattoo in Manchester

With RNA in

Royal Albert Hall

Festival of Remembrance - Branch Standard Bearer selected in
Individual Members have attended
Mountbatten Concert by the Band of the Royal Marines - with RNA 

Beaumanor Hall Annual "Music for a Summer Evening" Concerts

Branch Standard Bearer usually attends
Groups of members have attended as in 2000,

Weston Park - RBL 75th Anniversary Celebration 1996

Branch Standard Bearer and a party of members attended

RBL Poppy Factory

Visit by Branch members and invited Poppy Appeal Collectors in 2002

Army Air Corps Museum and Winchester 2000

Covert War Museum, Harrington 2001

The museum opened especially and gave a conducted tour for our party

Bletchley Park 2002

On the day of our visit, in addition to the Museum House and Huts being open, there was a WW2 Re-Enactment event.

Iron Bridge and Blists Hill Museums 2001

Cosford Air Museum 2001

Jaguar Factory Coventry

Branch members were invited to join this M H Photographic Society visit

National Museum of Photography Bradford

Branch members were invited to join this M H Photographic Society visit

Leicester Mercury Offices and Print Works

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