West Sussex Gazette
‘Honoured’ to attend centenary celebrations
Angela Standing, chairman of the Arundel branch of the Royal British Legion, was honoured to be invited to Westminster Abbey for the Service of Thanksgiving to mark the charity’s centenary.
The Queen and the Princess Royal joined guests at the service to honour the work of the Royal British Legion, which was founded on May 15, 1921, in the aftermath of the First World War.
Angela said: “It was a great honour to be invited to attend this service in Westminster Abbey.
“I don’t know if the founders of the Royal British Legion would ever have imaginedthattheorganisation would be going strong 100 years later but service people and their families need just as much support today as they did in 1921.”
The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr David Hoyle, paid tribute to ‘the dedication, imagination and resilience of those who find fresh ways of engaging with the many and varied needs of those who have suffered as a consequence of their commitment to Queen and country’.
Angela, who is also deputy mayor of Arundel and town crier, was congratulated at last Thursday’s town council meeting by mayor Tony Hunt.
He said: “The British Legion does wonderful work and we have all seen the work that Angela does on its behalf, from selling poppies in the rain in the High Street to organising Remembrance Day services each year.”
The Royal British Legion will begin the 2021 Poppy Appeal on October 28.
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