On Thursday 7 November 2019, Bill
Veazey once again looked after the corner of the
On Saturday 9 November 2019, Nigel Lacey paraded the Association National Standard at both performances of the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, in the Royal Albert Hall.
On Remembrance Sunday 10 November 2019, and for the 17th time, the Association contingent took part in the annual parade at the Cenotaph. This year we were only 30 actually marching, so obviously age and ill health is taking its toll. As usual the meeter, greeter and caller of the roll, was Mick Griffin.
Our joint leaders were former Provost Marshal and Association Vice President, retired Group Captain Ted Scaplehorn OBE, and Association Chairman, Alan Mitchell. They were “escorted” this year, by only retired Group Captain David Stanley.
As usual our Right Marker was Big Brian Burgess. Our Left Marker and TV target was as ever, George “Badger” Brookes. George was wearing our contingent identifying badge of C17 (ie Column C, contingent number 17). We know it works because David Dimbleby immediately picked us out (however briefly)!! The rear Right Marker was Alan Cook and the rear Left Marker was (as usual) Brian Flinn.
The RAF Police Contingent was (as usual) under the command and control of Bill Veazey MBE.
The two traditional wreaths were carried by Ian McIntosh (PM and RAF Police) and Keith Davies (Association members).
Instead of the traditional 6
columns of ex-service personnel, there were this year, only 5. Column C was the last to leave Horse Guards
Parade and last onto
Back again on Horse Guards Parade
and after the National Anthem, Bill
Veazey ordered “dismiss”. Then it was
into the cellar bar in the Silver Cross pub on
Bill also thanked John and Clare Walton for their 17 years of organising the Association contingent on the parade. John in turn thanked everyone who has marched over the years for contributing to the success of our contingent, in particular to Bill and Clare. John also appealed to all members to keep supporting our contingent and the new organisers Ian McIntosh (firstname.lastname@example.org and Keith Davies (email@example.com).
Also on parade were several members who are patients and carers from Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstans).
Once again with the