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.
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.