Fallen comrades honoured in 'poignant' weekend of Remembrance for Redditch AFVBC - The Redditch Standard

Fallen comrades honoured in 'poignant' weekend of Remembrance for Redditch AFVBC

Redditch Editorial 13th Nov, 2023 Updated: 14th Nov, 2023   0

REDDITCH Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club (AFVBC) had a very busy weekend during the town’s Remembrance commemorations.

The AFVBC’s attendance at Redditch’s Remembrance Sunday service was regarded as the ‘most important event of the weekend’, as members gathered at the town’s War Memorial outside St Stephen’s Church.

Founding member of Redditch AFVBC, Nick Walker, joined members Mellisa Vann and Mick Harbon in laying a wreath.

Nick Walker told the Standard: “At the laying of the wreaths, representatives of Redditch AFVBC stepped forward to lay their wreaths, stepped back, saluted and smartly returned to their post.

“After the ceremony concluded we then retired to local inns for refreshments before returning to Redditch Hockey, Cricket and Rugby Club.”

The club were also invited to attend Redditch Utd FC’s game against Barwell FC on Armistice Day (Saturday, November 11) with the club kindly donating a number of complimentary tickets for breakfast club members.

Later on Saturday, over 80 members and guests attended the annual Remembrance Day dinner dance at Redditch Hockey, Cricket and Rugby Club. Veterans wore their medals with pride at the event.

Nick Walker added: “The evening was most enjoyable yet very poignant as we celebrated the lives of those who have served, survived and those that died in the service of their country.

“The evenings entertainment was provided by pipes and drums, Melissa Hollick, a disco and a violinist who played a very haunting Last Post.

“Melissa Hollick brought the evenings proceeding to an end with a solo rendition of the Act of Remembrance.

“There were very few dry eyes in the room as we remembered fallen comrades.”

Redditch AFVBC meets on the first Saturday of every month at Redditch Hockey, Cricket and Rugby Club at 10am.

The breakfast mornings are free to attend for all British armed forces personnel, serving or retired and their allies.

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