Armed Forces Day Flag Raising

Submitted on 21 June 2017 by Emma Goldring

Bembridge held an Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony, in honour of those who serve and have served our country, at Bembridge War Memorial and service at Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday 20th June.  

The Royal British Legion Seaview & Nettlestone District Branch (Inc Bembridge & St Helens) Chairman Keith Bradford welcomed guests and the standard bearers led the procession for the arrival of Lord Lt. Major Gen. Martin White CB CBE JP. The High Sheriff Ben Rouse, Isle of Wight Chairman Lora Peacey-Wilcox, Veterans, Parish Councillors, Dignitaries and pupils of Bembridge CE Primary School attended.  

The flag was raised by Rafi Wightwick and Amelia Dutch from Bembridge Primary School assisted by Cllr Marianne Sullivan Chair of Bembridge Parish Council. Daryl Pitcher played the last post on the bugle, while the standard-bearers stood with their flags at half-mast and a minutes silence was observed by all attending. Dr Kieron Cooney concluded the flag raising playing the Lament on the bagpipes.  

Rev Amanda Bloor led the church service with poetry readings by Pandora Alsop, Ollie Gough and Jessica Taylor, all pupils at Bembridge Primary School. The congregation enjoyed the pupils singing ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Run Rabbit Run’. 

After the celebration, all were invited to the Village Hall for refreshments served by members of Bembridge Women’s Institute.

Emma Goldring Clerk to Bembridge Parish Council said ‘this was a fantastic demonstration of a community coming together to recognise the importance of our Armed Forces, both past and present’.