On Sunday 12th July shipmates from Huntingdon & District Branch took part in a Sea Sunday Service after an invitation from Councillor Alan Mackender-Lawrence. The Royal Naval Ensign was flown from the Town Hall as shipmates Bill Small, Karl Webb, Pete Aston, Graham and Becky Murray joined the Mayor of Huntingdon, Town and District councillors, members of the Merchant Navy Association, and sea cadets from T.S. Cromwell.
Shipmate Bill Small paraded the Branch Standard and was accompanied by T.S. Cromwell’s Standard Bearer.
The cadets formed a squad and marched to their positions as part of the ceremony.
This was a first joint parade of the RNA and SCC since officially affiliating with T.S. Cromwell early this year.
The Town Mayor, Councillor Bill Hensley and the President of Huntingdonshire District Royal British Legion, Colonel Derek Bristow, inspected the sea cadets before laying wreaths at the War Memorial.
Wreaths to be laid were from the Mayor of Huntingdon, Chair of Huntingdonshire District Council, Royal Naval Association, Merchant Navy Association, and the Sea Cadet Corps.
Shipmate Pete Aston represented Huntingdon Branch in laying the wreath in memory of those who have served with the Naval Services.
On completion of the wreath-laying, Colonel Derek Bristow gave a speech on the significance of the Sea Sunday Service and of the close ties between the Royal and Merchant Navy. Derek was followed with a speech from Councillor Alan Mackender-Lawrence, who had not only organised this year’s ceremony, but has had it included in the Town’s official ceremonial calendar for future ceremonies, thank you Alan.
A small but well turned out service, supported by the residents of Huntingdon in memory of our seafarers past, present, and future.
To see more pictures from the Sea Sunday Service in Huntingdon, click on the first thumbnail below and scroll through the images.