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Birstall Squadron Remember

Article posted: Nov 17, 2008 by Sqn Ldr Mayoh-Smith

Birstall villagers turned out in force to remember the local heroes who had laid down their lives in defence of our freedom during the annual Remembrance Day parade.

The Union Flag and the Standard of Birstall Royal British Legion led the parade, followed by veterans and then organisations from the local area including Sea Cadets, Air Cadets, Guides and Scouts. The parade advanced to the church of St James the Great where the Reverend James Shakespeare, who is also the squadron padre, led the service.

Afterwards the parade continued to the village war memorial where the Act of Homage was read. Wreaths and tributes were also laid and Corporal Collins laid a wreath on behalf of 1947 Squadron ATC. The squadron then paid compliments to the dignitaries as it led the march past outside the Royal British Legion.

Despite the blustery and cool conditions the parade went without a hitch. Immediately after the parade the staff and cadets took refreshments with the veterans in the Royal British Legion and chatted about their experiences.

Image: 1947 Squadron parade through Birstall and lay a wreath at the village war memorial.