MEMBERS of the Haslemere branch of the Royal Society of St George met early in the morning at Haslemere station last Saturday (April 23) for St George’s Day.
Members were joined by Camelsdale Primary School principal Sarah Palmer, head boy Toby, head girl Elsa and deputy boy Harry for a trip to London for the community’s first national St George’s Day parade in three years. A new tradition was started on the train to London – Camelsdale students handed out red roses to female passengers and the guard, who said the rose had made its day.
The parade was held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall and at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey to commemorate the English dead in all conflicts. A two-minute silence was held in London at 11.00.
This was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony on the western steps of the Cenotaph, led by Joanna Cadman, National President of the Society and Haslemere Chamber member, and Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councilor Andrew Smith.
Wreaths from Haslemere were laid by department treasurer Martin Coakley and Camelsdale school representatives. All were then transferred to Westminster Abbey, where a private service was held under the direction of Pastor Anthony Ball, and a further wreath was laid by Mrs. Cadman.
The Haslemere Department’s next big project is to host the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee window dressing competition for the Haslemere Festival Committee this week from 28 May.