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Services held in Bury St Edmunds for Royal British Legion centenary and Battle of Britain service, including at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and St Mary's Church



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Two services were held in Bury St Edmunds to commemorate the Battle of Britain and Royal British Legion's 100-year anniversary.

Over 50 personnel from RAF Honington paraded through the town yesterday for the Battle of Britain commemoration, starting by laying a wreath on Angel Hill.

The parade finished at St Mary's Church, where a service was held.

Battle of Britian Parade and Church Service. Picture: RAF Honington.
Battle of Britian Parade and Church Service. Picture: RAF Honington.

Meanwhile, Flying Officer Trafford was representing RAF Honington at the Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication at Westminster Abbey.

She said: "It was a privilege to represent the RAF and RAF Honington at the 81st Battle of Britain Memorial at Westminster Abbey, in London.

"The service was very well represented by serving and current RAF personnel from across the UK.

Members from RAF Honington at the St Mary's Church service. Picture: Cpl James Ledger RAF Honington.
Members from RAF Honington at the St Mary's Church service. Picture: Cpl James Ledger RAF Honington.

"Sitting inside the beautiful abbey whilst the ceremony was conducted was very surreal as many heads of state attended from Chief of the Air Staff, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

"The whole service went very well, from the readings, to the stand bearers and the band who performed effortlessly and flawlessly.

"Once the ceremony concluded we were allowed outside to listen to the Abbey bells ring as the BBMF did a fly past over the iconic spires.”

Just opposite from the parade on Angel Hill yesterday, a service was held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral to mark 100 years since the start of the Royal British Legion.

Various Branch Standards during the service looking towards the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich giving his blessing at the drums that were the altar for the service. Picture: Emily-Jane Chivers.
Various Branch Standards during the service looking towards the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich giving his blessing at the drums that were the altar for the service. Picture: Emily-Jane Chivers.

Around 170 guests attended the Evensong Service, including Edward Creasy, High Sheriff of Suffolk, the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, the Countess of Euston, and military representatives from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, including veterans from the RBL.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, president of the Suffolk RBL, said yesterday: “Today, we have gathered to mark and give thanks for The Royal British Legion’s first 100 years.

"For a century, our members and volunteers have worked tirelessly in the service of others, supporting our veterans and their families in need, as well as those still serving.”

Ken Rowbottom, Suffolk RBL Chairman, welcoming Commodore Rob Bellfield, Naval Regional Commander for Eastern England, to the service. Picture: Emily-Jane Chivers.
Ken Rowbottom, Suffolk RBL Chairman, welcoming Commodore Rob Bellfield, Naval Regional Commander for Eastern England, to the service. Picture: Emily-Jane Chivers.

Kenneth Rowbottom, chairman of Suffolk RBL, added: "One of the pillars of The Royal British Legion is that we are the custodians of Remembrance, and it is beholden upon us to ensure that Remembrance is safeguarded in a right and proper manner."

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