Our annual Armistice Day Remembrance Parade was held on Sunday, 12th November. A cold northerly wind and frequent showers drove us to hold the ceremony in the church of St Michael’s And All Angels.
The church was quite full and I am sure that all those who attended were grateful to be in the warm. This is the first time for many years that we have not been able to hold the service on the Barrack square in front of the three war memorials.
Our chairman, Martyn Cook was the Parade Marshall and Rev. Toby Tate took the service. Our excellent Martlesham Brass provided the music. The Royal British Legion were, of course, in attendance.
A contingent from the first Martlesham Scouts, 356th ATC, and the Aircrew Association, were present. Andrew Hunt represented Logicor, (our landlords on the Heath), Logicor once again gave us a generous donation.. Martlesham Guides and Rangers and Suffolk Army Cadet Force were in attendance and Suffolk Constabulary were also represented. The Black Shucks are a group of motor cyclists who attend many similar remembrance services and they were also in attendance.
An address was given by our President, Mr Richard Barker and also by Wg Cdr Phil Nicholson, representing the Royal Air Force.
The church was quite full and Martlesham Heath Aviation Society are grateful for all those who attended.
Alan Powell, Secretary, MHAS.
A small section of the church with a few of the congregation.
The wreathes were laid on the floor before being placed in front of the war memorials on the Barrack square.
The wooden cross has 14 poppies on it representing 7 American airmen who are buried in the American War Memorial cemetery at Madingley and 7 who are remembered on the wall of the missing.