Dersingham church hosts Norfolk Royal British Legion service

RBL rededication service at Dersingham church. ANL-150726-175339009
RBL rededication service at Dersingham church. ANL-150726-175339009
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Veterans and charity officials gathered in Dersingham at the weekend for the Norfolk Royal British Legion’s annual standard rededication service.

It was the second time in three years that the village’s St Nicholas Church has hosted the ceremony, which brings together representatives of branches from across the county.

RBL rededication service at Dersingham church. ANL-150726-175201009

RBL rededication service at Dersingham church. ANL-150726-175201009

The event was organised by the legion’s Dersingham and Sandringham branch.

And county chairman Major William Kerr said the area’s military history was a key factor in the service’s swift return to the branch, following its last staging of the service in 2013.

He said: “It is unusual and the reason for it was to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.

“It was most appropriate because of the Sandringham connection.”

RBL rededication service at Dersingham church. ANL-150726-175213009

RBL rededication service at Dersingham church. ANL-150726-175213009

As with many other events around West Norfolk on Sunday, poor weather had an impact on the proceedings as the traditional parade of standards ahead of the service was scrapped because of the rain.

And many of the wellwishers who had gathered to capture a glimpse of the planned Dakota flypast were also left disappointed, but not by the weather on this occasion.

Valerie Brundle, chairman of the Dersingham and Sandringham branch, said: “They rang me the night before to say the Dakota had an engine fault and it looked like it was going to have to have a new engine.

“One of the pilots who normally flies it rang me from Toronto and said it’s going to be an engine out job.”

But she added: “Considering the weather, it went extremely well.”

And she particularly praised John Barker for music she described as “delightful.”

Around 15 standards, representing branches from all over the county, were re-dedicated during the service, which was led by the church’s curate, the Rev Julie Boyd.