SPALDING branch Royal British Legion chairman Colin Jackman will miss his first Remembrance Sunday service in the town for 10 years – because he will pay his respects to the nation’s war dead at The Cenotaph in Whitehall.
Mr Jackman (73) and his wife Joan (70) go to London on Saturday for their first ever Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at The Royal Albert Hall.
He served in the army and lost two pals but not in conflict.
Mr Jackman said: “My thoughts will be with them – they are not recognised on any war memorials because they have not died in action.”
Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have boosted attendance at remembrance services and Mr Jackman says the Legion ran out of hymn sheets at last year’s service in Ayscoughfee Gardens.
Tomorrow we will see the first ever date of 11.11.11 since the signing of the Armistice ended World War One.
Spalding Royal British Legion hold their traditional service tomorrow at Springfields with ex-service organisations forming up at 10.30am to march to the remembrance garden.
People will gather at 10.45am for Saturday’s service at Spalding Cemetery and crosses will be placed on graves.
Ex-service and other organisations will muster outside the South Holland Centre in Salding at about 10.30am on Sunday for the parade over High Bridge to Ayscoughfee Gardens, where the Rev John Bennett will lead the Remembrance Day service. Tulip Radio is providing a PA system.
* Holbeach ex-service veterans and townspeople will meet outside South Holland Boxing Academy, the old council depot, at 2.05pm on Sunday and march to All Saints’ Church for the wreath laying and a service.