Lest we for­get such an im­por­tant date

Christ­mas is not far away from Rachael Bar­ber’s thoughts. How­ever, be­fore then there is an­other im­por­tant date on the hori­zon for the Anglia north area man­ager of Gor­don Bar­ber Fu­neral Homes.

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The year seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye, soon I will be fo­cus­ing on Christ­mas and all that it en­tails. How­ever, be­fore then there are other im­por­tant dates, lest we for­get.

Novem­ber 11 marks Re­mem­brance Day which as fu­neral direc­tors is a sig­nif­i­cant date on our cal­en­dars.

We are also very proud that one of our team who works out of Youngs Fu­neral Home in Lod­don is a stan­dard bearer for the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

Last year on Novem­ber 11, Jimmy Stur­man served as a stan­dard bearer for the Lod­don branch at the Royal Al­bert Hall for the Na­tional Fes­ti­val of Re­mem­brance.

Jimmy’s fa­ther Arthur per­formed the same du­ties in 1983 and his grand­mother Gla­dys Stur­man car­ried the flag at the Fes­ti­val of Re­mem­brance on be­half of Reep­ham Ladies Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

He says of the ex­pe­ri­ence: “It was an in­cred­i­ble hon­our and is some­thing I am very proud to have done. Hope­fully we can keep pass­ing it down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion and keep it in the fam­ily. I be­lieve it is very im­por­tant to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fices peo­ple made in the past. This is some­thing very im­por­tant to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion. We must carry on their mem­ory or it will just die out, so it is es­sen­tial to keep fol­low­ing in each other’s footsteps”.

Jimmy has re­cently come back from Ypres in West Flan­ders, France where 1,110 stan­dard bear­ers gath­ered along­side 1,110 wreath bear­ers to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War.

On Novem­ber 11 Jimmy can be seen walk­ing through the town of Lod­don at ap­prox­i­mately 10.30am start­ing at The White Horse and reach­ing Holy Trin­ity Church for the 11am ser­vice that all are wel­come to at­tend.

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