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Leigh flys flag at national event

Leigh Higgins who will carry the Twyford and District Standard, representing the County RBL, at the National Festival of Remembrance

Leigh Higgins who will carry the Twyford and District Standard, representing the County RBL, at the National Festival of Remembrance

THE Twyford and District Royal British Legion (RBL) standard will be flying high at the National Festival of Remembrance being held at the Royal Albert Hall.

The honour of carrying the standard, representing the County RBL, will go to branch standard bearer Leigh Higgins.

He said: “We’re one of the smallest branches in the country so it’s a real honour for the branch to be asked to represent the county at the festival.

“I’ve taken the Twyford and District standard around the UK and twice to the Menin Gate after being invited back by the Royal Belgium Fire Brigade.

“One of the highest honours and privileges for a standard bearer is to carry their standard at the Menin Gate and the other is to be invited to represent their county at the National Festival of Remembrance. Not many do both.”

He added: “My primary honour is to carry the standard on behalf of those members, past and present, of the Twyford and District branch. Wherever they ask for it to go, I go.

“It has always been an honour and privilege to serve and I hope to continue to do them proud for as long as possible.

“We only have 25 members and recently, with numbers dwindling, the branch has been faced with closing.

“Thankfully our new secretary, Judy Chard, has installed some real life into the branch and it’s thanks to her that we received the no the represent the county at the annual remembrance festival.”

Twyford and District RBL was among about 15 branches which applied to represent the county at the festival which will be held on November 13 and screened on BBC1.

 

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