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LOCAL MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION TO REPRESENT ALCESTER AT WW1 COMEMMORATIONS IN BELGIUM

Mike Clark and Nick Dearling will travel to Europe for The Royal British Legion’s Great Pilgrimage 90

5-9th August 2018

 Members of Alcester Branch of The Royal British Legion are to join thousands on a pilgrimage of Remembrance to World War One battlefield that culminates in a parade and ceremony in Ypres as part of the end of the First World War centenary commemorations this August.

The Royal British Legion event, known as Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90), takes place between the 5th and 9th of August and will be one of the largest in the charity’s history.

GP90 will mark 90 years since the original Royal British Legion Pilgrimage in 1928, which saw 11,000 World War One veterans and war widows visit the battlefields of the Somme in France and Ypres in Belgium, a decade after the conflict ended.

That Pilgrimage culminated in a march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Menin Gate Memorial for a ceremony to commemorate the launch of The Hundred Days Offensive and in remembrance of those who never returned.

Local Legion members, Mike Clark and Nick Dearling will represent the Alcester Branch and the local community at the event, as Standard Bearer and wreath layer respectively.

Mike Clark and Nick Dearling will tour some of the same battlefields and cemeteries visited by those on the 1928 Pilgrimage, before marching along the original route through Ypres, to the Menin Gate on the 8th August, bearing their branch standard and a wreath.

They will join more than 2,200 other Legion representatives and dignitaries, including Civic and military guests from the UK, Commonwealth and Northern Europe who are taking part. Once at the Menin Gate, Nick will lay a wreath on behalf of the Alcester community.

Mike Gittus, Chairman of the Alcester Branch of the Royal British Legion comments:

“90 years ago the veterans and widows of the British Legion visited the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres. ‘Great Pilgrimage 90’ is a unique opportunity for our Legion Family to join together and carry our Standards along that same route in an act of Remembrance. The Alcester Branch will proudly represent our Local Community at the event.”

As local champions of Remembrance, the Alcester Branch of The Royal British Legion is looking to work in partnership with their community to bring their unique Remembrance message to the Menin Gate, on their wreath, where it will be displayed in a wreath installation for viewing by the general public until the end of August.

The parade will start at midday and we encourage the public to make the trip across to Ypres for the 8th August and fill the Market Square to watch the parade, One Hundred Days ceremony and then enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment including The Central Band of the Royal British Legion.

If you want to find out more about GP90 or your local Royal British Legion branch, then please contact the Secretary, Dave Malin, Telephone Number  07880 319427

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At the Town Council meeting on 5 June 2018, Councillors unanimously agreed to waive burial fees for all children under the age of 18 who are resident in Alcester.

The Government has indicated that it intends to set up a Children’s Funeral Fund later in the year to cover such fees but the Town Council has agreed to implement this change immediately.

The Mayor of Alcester, Cllr Andrew Foster, said “As a parent myself, I can think of nothing worse than losing a child.  With this small gesture, we hope to lessen the financial burden on bereaved parents at what must be a devastating time for them.”

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