On Remembrance Sunday 2017 in Central London, it rained until about 7.30, but for the
rest of the day, it was fine with a cool northerly wind. This year, our very cheerful contingent
numbered 50 (ish), and included 5 first timers on the better side of 70! With the kind permission of the Provost
Marshal (Group Captain Steve Horne MA RAF) we were joined by Warrant Officer
Dale Woolman-Lane MBE RAF. Our meeter and greeter was principally a
happy Mick Griffin.
The joint leaders of our
contingent were former Provost Marshal and Association Vice President, retired
Group Captain Ted Scaplehorn OBE and Association Chairman, Alan Mitchell. They were as usual “escorted” by retired Group Captains John Rose OBE and David
Our Right Marker as usual was BBB, Big Brian Burgess.
Our Left Marker and TV target was as ever George Badger Brookes, wearing
the contingent identifying badge of C23 (Column C, contingent number 23). The rear Right Marker was Graeme Sparke MBE,
with Brian Flinn as rear Left Marker.
The RAF Police Association
Contingent was under the control of the Association National Parade Marshal,
Bill Veazey MBE.
This year Eddie Snailum carried
the wreath from the Provost Marshal and serving RAF Police, while Mark Newsome
carried the wreath from all members of the Association.
On Whitehall we were positioned way down towards
Trafalgar Square, so when about 11.45, Bill called us to attention and “quick
march”, we had quite some distance to go before we gave a smart “eyes left” to
the Cenotaph. Some minutes later we gave
an equally smart “eyes right”, to HRH Prince Edward and the Royal British
Legion President, Air Marshal David Walker.
Back on Horse Guards Parade, we
did not have long to wait for the National Anthem and Bill issuing the great
order of “Dismiss”. We retired through Horse
Guards Arch, crossed over Whitehall
and down into the basement bar of the Silver Cross pub. There we joined our relatives and friends for
a drink and excellent finger buffet.
Also on parade were several members
who are patients and carers from Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstans).
Bill Veazey as usual, attended
the Garden of Remembrance on the Thursday before
Remembrance Sunday and there he once again met HRH Prince Harry.
For the 15th
successive year, there was an RAF Police Association Contingent marching on the
annual parade at the Cenotaph. Next
year’s parade will commemorate not only 100 years (precisely) since the end of
the First World War, it will also celebrate 100 years of the RAF and the RAF
1. On Horse Guards
2. Our Leaders
4. On Horse Guards
5. Chairman and
6. Almost ready
7. Parade over
9. Wreaths at Cenotaph
10. Garden of
Saltwell Park Gateshead Poppy Field Parade 2017
Ed and myself with Roger and Standard once again did the Parade at Saltwell
(Canada) has supplied the following link of the RAFPA members marching past the
Cenotaph on Sunday:
1hr:44min in.Remembrance service at Newark Air Museum today.Nigel Bean, organiser of the service, Chaz King, ex RAF Regiment and Michael Hall. May look as though we are bathed in warm sunshine, but a northerly wind kept it rather cool!
Martin Uden and Alex FlavellTaken on Armistice Day in Verfeil sur Sey of John Armfield and the Adjutant of
the French Parachute Regiment Association.
Armistice Day Parade at Brighton. Mark Wilson
and Simon Vince.A
few images of our Remembrance Ceremony this morning, high up on the
Columbeira Heights where in August 1808 the British/Portuguese army
under Sir Arthur Wellesley, gave the French occupying troops a jolly
good spanking...!! This year we were also blessed with the Scottish bag
pipes played by Julie MacIssac....!!
photograph of the full Wiltshire Branch RAFPA contingent taking part in today's
remembrance service at Lydiard Park in Swindon.All the Crosses planted in readiness for the official opening on Thursday. As
ever, a BIG thank you to Frank Turner for preparing the Crosses and to Steve
Davies, who maintains the RAF Police Roll of Honour.