After more than 30 years’ service the official Standard of the Barwick and Scholes branch of the Royal British Legion is to be marched into retirement and a new one dedicated.
The Standard has been seen by television audiences around the world as, exceptionally, it has been paraded during the last two National Services of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Such is the importance of the Standard, which is solemnly lowered during the Act of Remembrance, that the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, the Queen’s representative in the county, has agreed to attend or be represented at a Service of Dedication. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Jane Dowson, will also be present, accompanied by city and parish councillors.
The service will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 28 at All Saints’ Church, Barwick. The Standard will be piped into the church and, later, will be paraded to the War Memorial and Maypole at The Cross.
Later this year, on August 8, the Standard will be displayed in northern France.
It will be paraded by Martyn Simpson, the branch Standard Bearer during a special event commemorating a visit by First World War veterans and widows 90 years earlier to the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres, with a march to the Menin Gate memorial.