St George’s Day Church Service, 2016

On Friday 22nd April 2016, shipmates from Huntingdon & District Branch attended a St George’s Day service at St Mary’s Church, hosted by the Huntingdon Branch of the Royal Society of St George.

Youth associations gather outside of St Mary's Church
Youth associations gather outside of St Mary’s Church

Representing the Branch was the Chairman (and Standard Bearer), S/M Bill Small, and Branch Committee members S/Ms Graham Murray (Vice Chairman), Karl Webb (Hon. Secretary), and Becky Murray (Social Secretary).

RNA, RBL and RAFA Standards are paraded as the Deputy Mayor arrives at St Mary's Church
RNA, RBL and RAFA Standards are paraded as the Deputy Mayor arrives at St Mary’s Church

Standards from the RNA, RBL, and RAFA were paraded as the Deputy Mayor of Huntingdon arrived with members of the Royal Society of Saint George.

Standards are paraded down the aisle for the start of the Service
Standards are paraded down the aisle for the start of the Service

Also supporting the service, and to re-affirm their vows, were members of the local youth community, members from RAF Wyton and RAF Alconbury, and guests from the local community.

Shipmates Becky and Graham Murray attend the Service
Shipmates Becky and Graham Murray attend the Service

With the church full, the service began with a reading from Colonel Derek Bristow.

Members of the Royal Society of St George and guests stand for the National Anthem
Members of the Royal Society of St George and guests stand for the National Anthem

On completion of the National Anthem, Standard Bearers took their place outside of the church as the VIPs and guests departed.

Standards line the exit at St Mary's Church
Standards line the exit at St Mary’s Church

Cadets from Huntingdon’s Sea Cadet Corps, T.S. Cromwell, also lined the walkway from St Mary’s Church.

Cadets from T.S. Cromwell also line the exit
Cadets from T.S. Cromwell also line the exit

The evening was not over for members of the Royal Society of Saint George (RSSG), whilst the local associations made their way home, the members of RSSG headed to Commemoration Hall for their annual dinner.

The remaining guests head off for the Annual St George's Day dinner
The remaining guests head off for the Annual St George’s Day dinner