Royal British Legion open day in Cromer

Toy soldiers, uniforms through the ages and information and history on different divisions of the armed forces were all part of an open day held in Cromer marking the 90th year of The Royal British Legion.

The event, which took place on Saturday, June 4also included music from 1940s tribute band, Timescape, and a display of items from the personal collection of John Needham, chairman of the Cromer branch of the Royal British Legion.

He said: 'We have the Northrepps branch here as well, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Naval Association and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as well as representatives from the Poppy Appeal.'

Included in the display was a rare Norfolk Yeomanry uniform and a parade of toy soldiers marching past the Cenotaph in London.

Cromer town mayor, Greg Hayman opened the event wearing the official mayoral chains. Mr Hayman after being elected as mayor a couple of weeks ago, declared he did not do 'bling' and would not be wearing the traditional mayoral chains in the council chamber. But he later revelaed he would wear the official mayoral chains for formal occasions such as the laying of the wreaths on Remembrance Sunday.

Speaking at the event on Saturday he said: 'Through its work as an armed forces charity, campaigning and membership organisation, the Royal British Legion touches the lives of much of our nation.'

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