Grimsby Telegraph

EX-MEMBERS OF ARMED FORCES PAY RESPECTS TO PRINCE PHILIP

‘HE GAVE SO MUCH TO THIS COUNTRY’

- By LUKE GREEN luke.green@reachplc.com @LukeGreenG­T1

A GROUP of former armed forces members marked the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday with a parade and gun salute in his honour.

The event took place by the Armed Forces Memorial Gate in Cleethorpe­s as the national anthem was played alongside The Last Post.

Members of the Armed Forces Major Events Team stood to pay their respects to the former Royal Navy Commander as his funeral service got underway at Windsor Castle.

The standards of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Associatio­n (RAFA) were held aloft while the ceremony took place, honouring the late Duke Of Edinburgh. Deputy Lieutenant Alex Baxter said: “As well as being a significan­t member of The Royal Family, Prince Philip was also a significan­t personalit­y who will be sorely missed.

“Today was about recognisin­g what he has done for us and our veterans as well as the country. We’ve mustered together to express our loyalty to the Queen and to show our respects to the loss of a fellow comrade.”

Others, like former Lieutenant Colonel Paul Woolnough, remarked on the sacrifices Prince Philip made to help his wife and country.

He said: “There wasn’t a drop of British blood in him, but he still gave so much to this country.

“He dropped his titles and always walked two steps behind the Queen, which was very honourable of him. For me it’s even more personal as he was once the chief of my regiment.

“For that reason especially, I think it’s important for the nation to take a moment to pay tribute to someone like Prince Philip.” One member of the team was lucky enough to have met the Duke of Edinburgh. Pipe Major Danny Fleming said: “This is a proud moment for me. When I met Prince Philip he was so meticulous and such a proud man.

“Today is about showing how much he’s in our thoughts.”

Also in attendance was Cleethorpe­s MP Martin Vickers who said: “We’ve never seen

Today was about recognisin­g what he has done for us and our veterans as well as the country.

Deputy Lieutenant Alex Baxter

anything like this before. For many of us, all we’ve ever known is Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. I think this marks a significan­t moment in public history.

“He was a man with a great number of interests, who showed feeling for all of society.”

One member of the veterans, Mick Charles, echoed a phrase that seemed quite fitting for the occasion. “Once Navy, always Navy, we wish him fair winds and calm seas.”

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From left, Colonel Paul Woolnough, Pipe Major Danny Fleming and Deputy Lieutenant Alex Baxter.
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Former members of the armed forces pay their respects to Prince Philip, inset.

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