Bea­cons lit to re­mem­ber those who fought

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GATH­ER­ING: Che­sham Royal Bri­tish Le­gion or­gan­ised a ser­vice to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of VE Day on Fri­day, May 8 A CROWD gath­ered at a war me­mo­rial to cel­e­brate the 70th An­niver­sary of VE day.

Che­sham Royal Bri­tish Le­gion or­gan­ised the ser­vice, which was led by the vicar of St Mary’s Church Rev Simon Cans­dale, at 11am on Fri­day, May 8.

Mr Cans­dale gave a speech and said a prayer be­fore four wreaths were laid, one by the branch chair­man of Che­sham Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Bob Par­rin, one by Brian Brown from the Royal Naval As­so­ci­a­tion, one by the Royal Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion and an­other RAF wreath, which was laid by Jimmy Jones who is a Sec­ond World War vet­eran.

Flags were also erected around the me­mo­rial in­clud­ing the Union Jack, the Royal Naval As­so­ci­a­tion flag, the Royal Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion flag and the Che­sham town flag.

There were also two stan­dard bear­ers and two bu­glers at the ser­vice.

A two minute si­lence was also held.

Mr Par­rin added: “It was quite a good lit­tle crowd since we didn’t re­ally advertise it. It was very quiet for the two minute si­lence.”

The bea­con is lit by Lord Lieu­tenant Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, watched by county coun­cil chair­man Zahir Mo­hammed and Lord Lieu­tenant’s Cadets, Petty Of­fi­cer Cadet Har­riet Hul­land and CSM Cadet Ge­orgie James THE LORD Lieu­tenant of Buck­ing­hamshire took part in VE Day cel­e­bra­tions on Fri­day to mark the end of the Sec­ond World War.

Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher lit a bea­con on Coombe Hill to mark the 70th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in front of about 60 civic guests.

The bea­con light­ing fol­lowed an act of re­mem­brance on the steps of Coombe Hill’s war me­mo­rial at which the County Coun­cil Chair­man, Zahir Mo­hammed, read out a trib­ute. Sir Henry said: “It’s im­por­tant that we re­mem­ber his­toric events such as this.

“Our armed forces de­fended our coun­try against Nazi op­pres­sion 70 years ago to pre­serve the free­doms we now ac­cept as ev­ery­day life to­day.”

The queen lit a bea­con out­side Wind­sor Cas­tle to start the chain of more than 100 light­ing cer­e­monies across the coun­try.

Be­hind a pa­rade of Royal Bri­tish Le­gion (RBL) stan­dard bear­ers, Buck­ing­hamshire’s RBL Vice-Chair­man Bob Hig­gins read an ex­hor­ta­tion and bu­gler Max Farmer played the Last Post, fol­lowed by a brief si­lence by the Reveille and a vol­un­tary.

The Chair­man, Petty Of­fi­cer Cadet Har­riet Hul­land and CSM Cadet Ge­orgie James then joined Sir Henry to light the bea­con.


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