The day before Remembrance Sunday
Our joint leaders were former Provost Marshal and Association Vice President, retired Group Captain Ted Scaplehorn OBE and (in the absence of Chairman David Budd) Association Secretary and acting Treasurer Mr Jeremy Fenton. They were “escorted” by retired Group Captains John Rose OBE and David Stanley.
Our Right Marker as usual was BBB, Big Brian Burgess. For the 14th successive year our Left Marker and TV target, was George Badger Brookes (George has pinned to his left breast a small notice indicating the column and contingent. This year we were column C, contingent 36 ie C36).
The Royal British Legion (RBL), several years ago, issued each contingent with identifying armbands for its Left and Right markers. This year the RBL issued each contingent with a further 2 armbands. So our rear Left (Keith Cottenden) and Right (Alan Cook) markers, also wore identifying armbands.
The 2 serving RAF Police NCOs marched at the rear of our contingent. It was under the overall command of the Association National Parade Marshal, Mr Bill Veazey MBE. This year Bill had a new assistant marshal in the form of Brian Flinn!
This year Column C (that’s us)
was 3rd to march off Horse Guards Parade, through Horse Guards Arch
and right wheel onto
The Royal Person taking the
salute was HRH Prince Charles. Alongside
him on the dais was the Royal British Legion President, Air Marshal David
At 12.30 and after the National
Anthem, Bill dismissed us and we crossed
Also on parade, were several members as patients and carers from Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstans).
On the Thursday before
Remembrance Sunday, Bill Veazey once again attended the
Of course we were disappointed with the size of our contingent, but we still marched with the same discipline and huge pride while wearing the white beret, as we have done in previous years.