On a beautiful, sunny, if rather cool morning there was an excellent turnout for the Remembrance Day Service and Parade at what is currently called the Defence College of Policing and Guarding, Southwick Park. Present were members of Hants & Dorset, London & South East and Western Region Branches. A service in the Memorial Chapel was followed by the traditional ceremony at the adjacent Cenotaph. The ceremonies were attended by the three service Provost Marshals and hosted by the Commandant, Col. S F Boyd.
A multi-service parade was commanded by WO2 Summerhayes, RMP, and the three services associations’ standards were paraded. The RAF Police Association standard was carried by AC James Roper, a RAF Police trainee who volunteered to use his
experience gained whilst with the Hull Squadron of the Air Training Corps, there being no'trained' members fo the association present. He did us proud. The RAF Police wreath was laid by the Provost Marshal RAF and the Association wreath by John Paice BEM, Chairman Hants and Dorset Branch.
At the end of the Cenotaph ceremony the members of the three associations were marched off behind the main parade and many of us thought we had joined the Light Infantry as the pace was so fast! After the ceremonies guests were entertained to lunch in the main mess where all ranks gathered to be refreshed and warmed by glasses of mulled wine.
Jim Bew