Burghfield & District Branch of the Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday Parade, Sunday 12th November 2017
Photographs by kind permission of K.M Butler
Over 750 people attended the Burghfield & District Royal British Legion Parade on a sunny but chilly Remembrance Sunday this year at Burghfield St Mary’s Church.
The Royal British Legion, regular Army and Royal Air Force were represented, along with the Rt Hon John Redwood, MP, the Army and RAF Cadets, Explorers, Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Beavers and a Chinook helicopter from RAF Odiham flew low over the churchyard as the wreaths were laid.
Rt Hon John Redwood said “In Burghfield many people came to the outdoor ceremony of wreath laying at the War Memorial in the churchyard before attending the service in a crowded church. The march to the Church was well attended, as was the Parade review on the way back after the service.”
During the special Commemoration Service the 37 names of Burghfield villagers, who sacrificed their lives in World War I, were read out by members of Willink School, the Air Cadet Force, the Air Training Corp, the Scouts, Girl Guides and members of the Royal British Legion.
The Reverend Dr Anthony Peabody, who is the Chaplain to the Burghfield and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, commented “The parade at Burghfield seemed to have grown yet again, and one of the serving officers remarked that he had never seen so many uniformed young people in one place before.”
The service was taken by the Reverend Glynn Lautenbach, Priest-in-Charge of St Mary’s, the Reverend John Foley from St Oswald’s and the Reverend Dr Anthony Peabody, and the parade was organised by Lt. Col. Bruce Neeves, Parade Commander, of the Burghfield & District Branch of the Royal British Legion.