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LOCAL MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION TO REPRESENT POCKLINGTON AT WW1 COMEMMORATIONS IN BELGIUM
Kevin Warcup and Mark Abel will travel to Europe for The Royal British Legion’s Great Pilgrimage 90
Members of the Pocklington branch of The Royal British Legion are to join thousands on a pilgrimage of Remembrance to World War One battlefield that culminates in a parade and ceremony in Ypres as part of the end of the First World War centenary commemorations this August.
The Royal British Legion event, known as Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90), takes place between the 5thand 9thof August and will be one of the largest in the charity’s history.
GP90 will mark 90 years since the original Royal British Legion Pilgrimage in 1928, which saw 11,000 World War One veterans and war widows visit the battlefields of the Somme in France and Ypres in Belgium, a decade after the conflict ended.
That Pilgrimage culminated in a march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Menin Gate Memorial for a ceremony to commemorate the launch of The Hundred Days Offensive and in remembrance of those who never returned.
Local Legion members, Mark Abel and Kevin Warcup will represent the Pocklington Branch and the local community at the event, as Standard Bearer and Wreath layer respectively.
Mark and Kevin will tour some of the same battlefields and cemeteries visited by those on the 1928 Pilgrimage, before marching along the original route through Ypres, to the Menin Gate on the 8thAugust, bearing their branch standard and a wreath.
They will join more than 2,200 other Legion representatives and dignitaries, including Civic and military guests from the UK, Commonwealth and Northern Europe who are taking part. Once at the Menin Gate Kevin will lay a wreath on behalf of the Pocklington community.
Kevin of the Pocklington Branch of The Royal British Legion, comments: “Great Pilgrimage 90 is a unique opportunity for the Legion community to come together and bear our Standards along the same route in Ypres taken 90 years earlier by the veterans and widows of the First World War. The Pocklington Branch looks forward to proudly representing Pocklington at the event.”
As local champions of Remembrance, the Pocklington Branch of The Royal British Legion made contact with Mr Alex Reppold the head teacher of the Pocklington Community Junior School so that the children of the school could be asked to write a unique Remembrance message for Kevin and Mark to take to the Menin Gate, on their wreath, where it will be displayed in a wreath installation for viewing by the general public until the end of August.
The parade will start at midday and we encourage the public to make the trip across to Ypres for the 8thAugust and fill the Market Square to watch the parade, One Hundred Days
ceremony and then enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment including The Central Band of the Royal British Legion.
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Mr Alex Reppold Headmaster, Kevin Warcup Branch Chairman, Mark Abel Branch Standard Bearer and Children from the school involved in writing the Remembrance Message.
See film of The Great Pilgimage in 1928 by clicking the Link below.
Flower Festival, Remember Rejoice 1914 - 1918
15th to 18th September 2018
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The next Branch AGM will be at 1.30pm for 2.00pm start, on Thursday 11th October 2018 at the Station Hotel, Pocklington, opposite All Saints Church, TBC. All are welcome to join us.
The next Branch Pub Night is at 7pm on Thursday August 02nd 2018 at the The United Services Club. This is not a late night so please come along early and join us for a drink and chat, if anyone needs a lift to get down please contact us!
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If you have an interest in the objectives of the Legion and want to help and support for those who have served and their families, come and join us. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not.
Legion membership ensures that
- Remembrance is kept alive and that the sacrifices our brave Service men and women have made are never forgotten.
- The ex-Service community have a voice and that their concerns are brought to the public eye.
Becoming a member also provides the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities and events held locally, regionally and nationally throughout the year.
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About The Royal British Legion
We provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families. The Legion is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.
Founded in 1921, the Legion is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.
Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk for details of our national initiatives.