Cllr Goff Beck’s letter to the A&T... November 26, 2011

Cllr Goff Beck’s letter to the A&T about Remembrance Sunday

Following the Remembrance Sunday on 13th November. Cllr Goff Beck, Parade Marshal for the remembrance ceremony expressed his thanks to organisations who helped organise the event in an open letter published in the Advertiser & Times. The contents of Goff’s letter can be found below.

Pictures from the Remembrance Sunday are now available online in our 2011 photo gallery.

Through the medium of your letters column I wish to record
my appreciation to all members of our community who supported the New Milton Town Council and the New Milton Branch of the Royal British Legion with their attendance at the town’s War Memorial and the subsequent Service of Remembrance held in the Memorial Hall on Sunday 13th November.

The weather was kind to us which no doubt encourage
residents to turn out and pay their respects to those who have given their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts throughout the world. This year’s event which celebrated the Royal British Legion’s 90th anniversary was by far the best attended by both uniformed organisations and the general public.

How pleasing to see our police and other response services
dressed in their number 1 uniforms, various adult organisations represented by chairmen wearing their chains of office with pride.  Most reassuring was the presence of so many
of the town’s young people dressed in a variety of well-prepared, pressed uniforms; wearing those uniforms and marching through our streets with banners flying expressing self discipline and pride in their particular organisation.

The uniformed young people were joined by students of
Arnewood, Ballard, Durlston Court and New Milton Junior Schools.  The parade was led by the Christchurch Scouts
Band whose buglers are to be commended with their playing of ‘Last Post and Reveille’. During this very poignant period leading up to the two minutes silence, there was a feeling of a close togetherness and community spirit being generated from all those surrounding the memorial.  A poignant moment to be remembered, and from
a very sombre gathering where people pondered with their own thoughts of those who had paid the ultimate price.

The Service of Remembrance, hosted in the Memorial Hall was
led by the Reverend Andrew Bailey assisted by the Senior Pastor of the New Life Church, John Fowler, New Milton Jubilee Singers and the President of the New Milton Branch of the RBL, the Rt Hon Desmond Swayne TD MP.  Special congratulations are extended to the Army Cadet who carried the union flag and the Air Cadet bearing the RAF flag for the disciplined and high standard of bearing exhibited whilst conducting their duties.

Thank you all for your support.

Cllr Goff Beck

Parade Marshall