THE office of the Mayor of Redditch is now the proud custodian of a Royal British Legion Standard after a special ceremony on Tuesday, October 30, writes Amneet Kaur.
Mayor Councillor Juliet Brunner accepted the Standard from Philip Jarvis, chairman of the Redditch branch of the Royal British Legion.
The ceremony saw Mr Jarvis hand the Standard to Mayor’s chaplain, Canon Garth Nathaniel, who then blessed it before passing it to the Mayor.
The Standard, which is 30 years old, has been officially ‘retired’ and replaced and it was decided to give it to the Mayor’s office for safekeeping.
Alison Gray, secretary of the Redditch branch of the Royal British Legion said: “Normally retired Standards are laid up in churches but because the Mayor is supporting our charity this year we thought it would be really nice if this one could be laid up here in the Mayor’s Parlour.”
The Mayor said: “I am not only proud, I am humbled to receive it on behalf of the residents of Redditch, it’s a great privilege.
“I support the Royal British Legion as much as I can, I attend their fundraising events and I hold my own events for them.
“On Saturday I was there to the launch their poppy appeal, which was absolutely fantastic.
“We started it off in the town centre, but for the first time we had them around our major supermarkets and managed to raise a huge amount of money – but we still need more.”
The Redditch branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding a service at the war memorial in Plymouth Road on November the 11th followed by a second service at St. Stephen Church in the town centre.
An exhibition will also be held at St Philip’s Church in Webheath from November 10-13 with memorabilia, models, cuttings and a big screen display of the soldiers from the area who lost their lives in the Great War.