Worlingham man to become third generation standard bearer with Royal British Legion honour
PUBLISHED: 09:03 03 November 2017
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A Worlingham man is to become the third generation of his family to carry a Royal British Legion standard over the remembrance weekend.
On November 11, Jimmy Sturman, 63, will serve as standard bearer for the Loddon branch at the Royal Albert Hall for the national Festival of Remembrance.
In doing so, he follows in the footsteps of his father, Arthur, who in 1983 was given the same honour at that event.
It will also make him the third generation in his family to act as a standard bearer for the RBL, as in 1955 his grandmother - Gladys Sturman - carried the flag at the Norwich Festival of Remembrance on behalf of Reepham Ladies RBL.
He said: “It will be an incredible honour and it is something I am very proud to be doing.
“I will have lots of emotions over the weekend, particularly due to the fact I will be following in my father’s footsteps. I applied to do so last year but was unsuccessful, so it was a lovely surprise to be invited this year.”
In a busy weekend for Mr Sturman, he will then return after performing his duty in the capital to replicate it in Loddon, as part of the village’s Remembrance Sunday service.
Mr Sturman, who works at Youngs funeral directors in Loddon, is also a member of the RBL Rider’s branch and has previously carried the standard at funerals of ex-servicemen, but this will be his first time at the festival.
He is now hoping the tradition will continue to work its way through his family’s generations and that one day other members of his family may follow in his footsteps.
“Hopefully we can keep passing it down from generation to generation and keep it in the family,” he said. “That is what my father did with his medals, which he passed to me, and hopefully I can pass on too.
“I believe it is incredibly important to keep remembered the sacrifices people made in the past and this is something very important to the Royal British Legion.
“If we don’t carry on their memory, nobody will and it will just die out, so it is important to keep following in each other’s footsteps.”
On Remembrance Sunday, the Loddon parade will begin at 10.15am at The White Horse in Chedgrave, leading to the war memorial outside the Holy Trinity Church. This will be followed by a service at 11am.