Royal British Legion members enlist help from Walsingham school
PUBLISHED: 17:20 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:35 04 June 2018
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Members of the Royal British Legion Walsingham branch are getting some help from pupils at Walsingham Primary Academy before heading off on a pilgrimage.
They are taking part in the Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90) which is set to be the Legion’s biggest membership event in history.
Adam Potter, 46 from Wicken Green will be visiting pupils at the primary academy, along with Norfolk county Royal British Legion chairman John Boisson to explain what they will be doing and will ask the children to write a prayer to go with the wreath that will be laid at the Menin Gate memorial on August 8.
The GP90 will see a tour to First World War battlefields and cemeteries which will mark 90 years since the Great Pilgrimage.
A decade after the end of the war, veterans and war widows visited the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on August 8 1929.
Exactly 90 years later, two representatives from every branch and county or their local community will carry their standards along the same route in Ypres to the Menin Gate, representing an entire generation that served while defending their country.
As part of this event, Walsingham RBL section are asking the children of Walsingham school to write a message to be placed on the poppy wreath that will be laid at the Menin Gate to honour those from the village who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Mr Potter said: “I’ve been the Walsingham standard bearer since 2010 as there was nobody else to do it.
“I’m proud to be given the opportunity to go to GP90 with the Walsingham branch standard and to be able to pay my respect to all those who served.”
Mr Potter served in the Royal Engineers for a while and has seen first hand what help and support the Royal British Legion can give.
He is trying to build up the membership of the Walsingham branch as there are younger veterans in the area where some do not know where to find the help they need.