Remembrance Day, 11 November 2018

On Sunday 11th November 2018, shipmates from Huntingdon & District Branch, Royal Naval Association, joined VIPs, Serving Personnel, Armed Forces Associations, Community Groups and residents of Huntingdon for the annual Remembrance Day Service, which this year was also the 100th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in World War I.

This year was a first for the Branch President, S/M Karl Webb, being elected as a town councillor in May 2018, he would not be parading with the RNA, but would take his place with councillors in front of the War Memorial. So, before forming up, a few members of the branch gathered together for a quick PR shot.

S/M (Cllr) Karl Webb, S/Ms Pete Aston, Nino Crean, Bill Small, Graham Murray, Nick Laughton before forming up for the service

Joining the branch in the parade was a serving member of the Royal Navy, a former Sea Cadet with T.S. Cromwell, Simon Graham. Simon was one of the cadets that had been sponsored by Huntingdon Branch to spend a week onboard T.S. Royalist last year,it was good to see him, especially as he joined the squad on parade.

Huntingdon RNA and T.S. Cromwell formed up in the Market Square

Once the parade was formed up and the service personnel from RAF Wyton had marched into their positions, the Civic Party left the Town Hall and stood in front of the War Memorial for the Remembrance Day Service.

Civic Party and community groups during the Remembrance Day Service (Picture Copyright, Hunts Post)

Shipmates from Huntingdon Branch were also attending parades in Godmanchester, Sawtry, Hartford, and London.

S/Ms Mark and Catherine Fearon on parade duties in London

After the service, some shipmates attended a small reception in All Saints Church whilst others met up in the Market Inn for a traditional drink in memory of the fallen, absent friends, and to chat with new friends. From there, everyone headed up to Wetherspoons where the armed forces personnel from RAF Wyton were also able to meet the public over a drink and for some, food.

The Royal Navy and Royal Naval Association spin a few dits in Wetherspoons

Huntingdon Branch also attend an evening service at St Mary’s Church in Godmanchester, this year it was the turn of the RNA to lead the service. However, S/M Pete Aston discussed a change in format in order to include Sea Cadets from T.S. Cromwell (we affiliated with them in 2015). Reverend David Busk thought it an excellent idea and so cadets lined the route into the church, provided escorts for the RNA Standard, and cadet Luca Scott read out the Act of Remembrance,

Cadet Luca Scott joins the mayor of Godmanchester, Cllr Sarah Conboy, Reverend David Busk, and RNA, RBL representatives for the Act of Remembrance

At the same time as the Godmanchester Service, a Beacon Lighting event was taking place throughout the country. In Huntingdon, S/Ms Karl Webb and Clifford Owen attended the local service with councillors, military associations and community groups for a short service at the War Memorial.

The Beacon in Huntingdon’s Market Square, the Town Beacon on Castle Hill was also lit at the same time

As always, the community in Huntingdon made sure that we will always remember those who were prepared to make, or had made, the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect the lives of those left at home.

We Will Remember Them.



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