Standard of Attleborough’s Royal British Legion to fly for Queen

Michael Edwards, front, marching with the standard of the Attleborough branch of the Royal British L

Michael Edwards, front, marching with the standard of the Attleborough branch of the Royal British Legion on Remembrance Day, 2015. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

The standard representing Attleborough's armed forces veterans will stand tall on the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall.

Michael Edwards, from Attleborough, will take part in the Festival of Remembrance. Picture: via MICH

Michael Edwards, from Attleborough, will take part in the Festival of Remembrance. Picture: via MICHAEL EDWARDS - Credit: Archant

The blue-and-yellow flag will be one of three from East Anglian branches of the Royal British Legion taking part in the year's Festival of Remembrance on November 12.

The branch's standard bearer, Michael Edwards, from Attleborough, will have the honour of marching with the flag on stage in front of an audience including the Queen.

Mr Edwards, a former Royal Air Force aircraft engineer, said: 'This is quite an honour, and it's a rare opportunity to go and be a part of the Festival of Remembrance.

'It's also quite nice for us because our standard was kept in Norwich for a long time and we've only recently got it back.'


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Mr Edwards, 40, joined the branch 18 months ago and took on the role of standard bearer as a way of getting involved in the group. He was in the RAF for 12 years, serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, and spent many years based at RAF Marham.

For part of his career, Mr Edwards maintained English Electric Canberras.

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He said: 'I spent four years working on those and they took me to the Middle East.'

Are you organising an Remembrance Day event? Email stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

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