Sunday 4th November
A very moving ceremony was held today at St. Peter’s Church in Sheringham for the official handover of Sheringham & District Branch Standard.
Mr Tony Thorogate at the very young age of 85 years, retired as Standard Bearer for Sheringham after many years of loyal and dedicated service to the Town and our branch. Over the years Tony represented us at numerous events, both big and small. Parades at the Norfolk Show, Newmarket Races and our own Town events, alongside the emotional attendance at funerals. Always smartly dressed in his uniform, carrying the Standard with pride, we as a Branch wish him a very happy retirement.
Branch Chairman, Val Callaghan, thanked Tony for his service and President David Farrow then presented the Standard to Eddie Mayell.
Officially taking up this important mantle is, Eddie Mayell, who has already put much work into his training and represented the Branch this year at GP90 in Ypres, accompanied by his wife Claire as our wreath layer. As a Branch we are delighted at this appointment and we already know that Eddie will carry this Sacred Emblem with both humility and pride.
“The Standard which you are now privileged to carry, having been solemnly dedicated in a sacred place, represents the ideals of service to God and to our Queen and country. The Union Flag, in the top left hand corner, is symbolic of our unity and our loyalty to the crown, community and nation. The royal blue signifies fidelity, and the gold band recalls all those who have died in the service of our country, and reminds us who remain that we must ever be true to “Service not Self”.
The service was taken by Rev Christian Heycocks RN and included the Dickleburgh Standard carried by John Roberts.
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Sunday 4th November
We placed a silhouette on the bench at the War Memorial as part of the ‘There but not There’ campaign a few weeks ago, these silhouettes are to represent the Fallen in World War I which ended 100 years ago this year. They allow communities to take the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in this conflict off the Rolls of Honour and back into the spaces they left behind. They are very understated, but poignant reminders of the gaps left in communities during WWI. Sheringham lost 75 during the conflict, which is a huge number considering how small the town was in 1914. There were no families here that were not affected by this.
After reading reports in the newpapers of the vandalism of our silhouette at the War Memorial, we were contacted by Simon Clarke of DisplayPro, Great Yarmouth. He very kindly offered to replace the silhouette, free of charge, to enable us to continue with our honouring of the fallen.