Hundreds turn out for Armed Forces event

Hundreds turn out for Armed Forces event

MORE THAN 200 people joined Mirfield Royal British Legion (RBL) members to salute the bravery and sacrifice of servicemen and women at an Armed Forces Day event last Saturday.

The Old Colonial pub on Dunbottle Lane hosted a ‘Best of British’ day, attended by cadets and veterans, civic dignitaries and members of the public.

A ceremony was held to mark the laying up of the 1940 Dunkirk Veterans’ Association Leeds branch standard, which will now be kept at the Old Colonial.

Association member Bernard Richardson, 94, and his family watched as ex-paratrooper Mick Webber paraded the standard, which was then blessed by Mirfield RBL chaplain Ian Grange.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Major Ashley Rawlins and Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Simon Reevell presented armed service lapel crests to local veterans who were yet to receive them.

The service was ended with a silent drill display by 868 (Mirfield) Squadron Air Training Corps.

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