I am writing on behalf of the Bourne branch of the Royal British Legion to thank all those involved in Remembrance Sunday in Bourne.
We were once again blessed with good weather. There was a very good public attendance at the memorial garden and at the Abbey Church which was full.
Our dignitaries were Maj Simon Turner, president of the branch, who took the salute, Lady Willoughby de Eresby, president of the branch women’s section and Bourne mayor and mayoress David and Angela Higgs.
I received many compliments for our trumpeter Charlotte Keefe.
Charlotte played for us a few years ago when she was a student at the grammar school. She then went on to study music in Wales and is soon to start doing her masters in London.
We were so lucky to have her in Bourne during this period as she stepped in at the very last minute to help us out.
All in all is it was a great day to pay our respects to those who had made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of our nation and others around the world.
On behalf of our chairman Terry Butler and all members of the branch, we would like to publicly say thank you to: Father Chris Atkinson and all his clergy, Bourne United Charities, John Wand and his team, Jamie and Mat from Roadphone (sound system), Paul Wand (Paul’s Aerial Solutions), Paul Hutchings (parade marshal), Charlotte Keefe (trumpeter), St John Ambulance (first aid support) Bourne Town Juniors Football Club (distributing service sheets, stewards and tidying up the grounds), the Army Cadet Force (for all-round support), Bourne Rugby Club, Peter Squires and family who helped as marshals, Bourne Royal British Legion women’s branch (refreshments) and to every single individual and organisation who took part in the parade. And last but not least to all who attended, Without you we would never be able to stage this event. thank you.
Secretary, Bourne branch of the Royal British Legion