GALLERY: 65th birthday celebrations at March Royal British Legion Club

65th anniversary club celebrations at March Royal British Legion Club.

65th anniversary club celebrations at March Royal British Legion Club. - Credit: Archant

A COLOURFUL outdoor commemorative service at March Royal British Legion Club started a day of celebrations to mark the club’s 65th anniversary.

65th anniversary club celebrations at March Royal British Legion Club. Peter and Linda Mitchell Marc

65th anniversary club celebrations at March Royal British Legion Club. Peter and Linda Mitchell March branch. - Credit: Archant

During the event, standards from the Royal British Legion, air cadets and the Royal Naval Association were on parade, the Union flag was raised, and a two minutes’ silence was observed.

65th anniversary club celebrations at March Royal British Legion Club.

65th anniversary club celebrations at March Royal British Legion Club. - Credit: Archant

The Exhortation was given by Chris Harley, vice-president of the March branch Royal British Legion, and parade marshall was Gordon Glenton.

65th anniversary club celebrations at March Royal British Legion Club. Major Nigel Spencer MBE.

65th anniversary club celebrations at March Royal British Legion Club. Major Nigel Spencer MBE. - Credit: Archant

Among the guests at the event were North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay, and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Freddie Grounds.

After the service conducted by Rev Michael Jones, a tree was planted by Major Nigel Spencer MBE; and later in the day a birthday cake was cut by long serving club member George Jupp.

A number of fund raising stalls, a Punch and Judy show, bouncy castle and cream teas were enjoyed by visitors throughout the afternoon.

Club secretary Diane Bower said: “We had a really good day, and I would like to thank everyone who donated raffle prizes, and the March Cruising Club for putting on river trips.

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“Unfortunately the Dakota flypast could not happen, because of the weather forecast. That would have really been the icing on the cake.”

The day’s celebrations were rounded off with a bingo session, a grand draw, and entertainment by Anna.

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