Welcome to the Wimborne Branch of The Royal British Legion
A selection of photos from events held by Wimborne Branch are available below.
Wimborne Poppy Launch 2018
Photos courtesy of the Stour & Avon Magazine
Dorset Poppy Launch 2018
Wimborne Royal British Legion at the Great Pilgrimage 90th Anniversary Commemoration
The Royal British Legion Great Pilgrimage 90th Anniversary (GP90) was held between 5th and 9th August and recreated the Royal British Legion’s 1928 pilgrimage to World War One battlefields for thousands of Legion members and was the Legion's biggest membership event in modern history.
The tour culminated on 8th August with those representatives parading their Branch Standard and a Wreath through Ypres to the Menin Gate for the One Hundred Days ceremony to commemorate the last 100 days of WW1.
The event was attended by over 1200 RBL Standard Bearers and 1200 RBL Wreath Bearers from Branches across the UK who marched through the town of Ypres, Belgium and then passed through the Menin Gate.
Wimborne Royal British Legion was represented by Spencer Hare, the Dorset County Parade Marshall, who carried the Wimborne Wreath, Yvonne Thrumble (Wimborne RBL & Dorset County Standard Bearer) who carried the Dorset County Standard and Zoe Major who carried the Wimborne RBL Standard.
The march through the Menin Gate was a difficult due to the uneven cobbles and holes in the road. However this inconvenience was nothing compared to what the soldiers of WW1 had to go through knowing that as they cross that bridge they may never see their families again.
The Service, Wreath Laying and the Poppy Drop was extremely moving and emotional. Thousands of people lined the streets for the Parade in support of GP90 with lots of cheers and clapping to be heard. Our Dorset County Chairman was one of the spectators who cheered us on along the way - which was a really nice touch.
There were over 2200 Wreaths laid which was a picture in itself and Spencer Hare (County Parade Marshal) was very proud and honoured to lay the Wreath on behalf of Wimborne RBL.
It was a very moving, sad, and sombre occasion across the week, however we are very proud and honoured to have participated in such a unique event and to have been able to represent both Wimborne and Dorset RBL and honour those who fell in WW1.
Wimborne Standard Dedication 2017