Picture Gallery: Royal British Legion host Thorney Island service

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MEMBERS of the Royal British Legion joined forces for their annual Anglo-German service in the church of St Nicholas at Baker Barracks on Thorney Island.

The annual tradition began some 20 years ago, when there was a close association between the Royal Military Police from Chichester, the Bognor Royal Air Force Association and the Offenbach Reservisten.

Representatives from Britain, Canada and Germany join the Royal British Legion Anglo-German Service of Remembrance.14LASEP20b-3

Representatives from Britain, Canada and Germany join the Royal British Legion Anglo-German Service of Remembrance.14LASEP20b-3

Andy Hill from Sussex Royal British Legion said the event was particularly special this year as they hosted representatives from the German embassy, Lt Col Dirk Steinsiek, and Lt Col Jan Rassaerts, and Lt Col Stephen Allen RCAF from the Canadian Consulate.

The Canadian Veterans Association and the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association UK were also present.

Mr Hill said: “I was extremely proud and honoured to have been able to be part of this event, and I hope to continue to be a part of such a moving and meaningful event.

“The service went brilliantly, the weather stayed warm and dry, and around 100 guests and 19 standards were present, with more than a few new faces, most importantly the German delegation.”

He went on to say: “My favourite moment would have to be the expression on one man’s face during the reading of the roll of honour, which made it all worthwhile.”

Major Tony Ingham delivered the service.