Slideshow: Civic parade marks 90 years for Royal British Legion in Stamford

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A SPECIAL parade and service was held in Stamford yesterday (Sunday).

The Stamford Town Council civic parade and service formed a joint celebration with the Stamford branch of the Royal British Legion as it celebrates its 90th anniversary.

The parade in St Mary's Hill following the service at All Saints' Church.

The parade in St Mary's Hill following the service at All Saints' Church.

Town councillors and branch veterans joined together to mark the occasion with a civic service and service of rededication at All Saints’ Church

The service was conducted by the Very Rev Mark Warrick and Rev Canon Dr Donald Gray, Hon Chaplain to the Stamford branch of the legion.

They were joined by the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire John Burke, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth and mayor of Stamford Bob Sandall, as well as crowds of people who had turned out to applaud the parade as it made its way through the town.

Legion branch membership secretary Steve Bonde said: “It was a very successful day.

“The service itself was magnificent and there was a good crowd to applaud us as we paraded through the town which was rather nice.

“There’s many branches in the country not reaching 90 years, so the fact that we are still growing in numbers and the amount of activities we run, it is quite an achievement.”

As part of the celebrations and to mark Armed Forces Week this week, the Armed Forces Day flag was raised at Stamford Town Hall following the parade.