On Sunday 8th October 2017, Kimbolton Branch, Royal British Legion, held a service of Dedication of their new Branch Standard and the laying up of the old Branch Standard. The service took place at St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton.
Huntingdon & District Branch, Royal Naval Association were invited to the service. S/Ms Karl Webb, Bill Small, and Graham Murray represented the Branch, with Bill Small parading the Branch Standard. St Neots Branch were also represented by S/Ms Mike Milne and Jayne Miller.
On arrival at St Andrew’s Church, shipmates Karl Webb and Graham Murray took to their seats while shipmate Bill Small attended a brief for the Standard Bearers.
The Service began with National Anthem followed by the laying up of Kimbolton RBL’s old Branch Standard.
Followed by the unfurling and Blessing of the new Standard by the Reverend Ron Lancaster.
With both Standards placed on the Altar,
After hymns and prayers, the Minister for Defence, Colonel Mark Lancaster MP T.D. gave the Address to the congregation and explained that as a local, and the son of Reverend Lancaster, he knew the church and Kimbolton very well, and of his support of the Royal British Legion and Armed Forces personnel
The service continued with another hymn before the Last Post. Sqn Ldr Laura Hadden gave the Exhortation.
After Reveille, Sqn Ldr Hadden said the Kohima Epitaph. The final hymn was sung before Reverend Ron Lancaster led the Standards out of the church.
Standard Bearers line the entrance to the Church as a final mark of respect to those attending the service.
A final group photograph of the Standard Bearers and their escorts.
To end the day’s proceedings, Kimbolton BL invited all attendees to light refreshments, and a chance to chat, at the Mandeville Hall, Kimbolton. A successful day with a good attendance from the RBL and military associations, including the RNA.