The Royal British Legion - Chairman's Report Remembrance Sunday
This year was my first year as Branch Chairman of Sheringham and, although I have participated in many Remembrance Services, this year was a great honour for me to represent the Sheringham Branch in the laying of the wreath and to be surrounded by dignitaries such as Norman Lamb MP, Sir Colin turner KT, CBE, DFC., our town Mayor, Noel Gant, and Brigadier Max Marriner, who we are proud to have as our branch vice-president. It was quite an honour both for me and the town.
The parade this year was outstanding and most of the credit for this goes to our secretary Mel Clarke and treasurer Paul Clarke who work extremely hard each year to ensure all runs smoothly on the day. I have to thank our Salvation Army band who support us every year and without whose participation our parade would be very silent! Also to Keith Pegg for the Last Post which was as good as ever. Thanks must go also to our standard bearer Tony Thorogate who does a great job not only on Remembrance Day but all the year round and to all the other standard bearers for taking part. My thanks to all organisations who attend our yearly service - far too many to mention.
Thanks also to the Norfolk Police Force in the efficient traffic control and to the relief minister who gave us such a wonderful service at the War Memorial and at St. Peter's. To the youth sections our thanks go for reading all the names of the fallen and to all of the other readers, and to all of you in Sheringham who attended parades on Sunday and Tuesday - THANK YOU! Last of all to our veterans who make the effort to attend every year and march.
Also in this report I must just mention the great work that goes into our town's Poppy Appeal - my thanks must go to our Poppy Coordinator Bunty Farrow and her band of helpers who without their wonderful work and organisation this town's poppy appeal would not be nearly as successful. To you, the public, who give so generously each year, THANK YOU. To all the other people get involved with the appeal: i.e. selling, distribution and collection of boxes, counting and banking proceeds and last of all to the Morley Club who allow us the use of facilities for the appeal.
Anybody interested in joining our branch contact secretary Mel Clarke on 01263 58 80 82.