The Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, at Severalls War Memorial and Green on Sunday June 9th. At 11 am a short service was held at the foot of the statue of the lone infantryman (Tommy) led by Reverend Jim Pearce. A short reading was given by Crewkerne Mayor, Kathy Head who lit a Candle of Remembrance which was placed on the war memorial. Standard bearers were Andy Watts for Crewkerne RBL and Darren Squires for Chard RBL, Parachute Regiment and The Royal Engineers Association. Mark Barrett was in attendance as the RBL bugler. A D-Day wreath was laid by Terry Austin, President of Crewkerne RBL Branch.
Following the service, a fete was held on the Green, organised by the Crewkerne Branch. The stalls run by The Legion Riders, Crewkerne Scouts, Cubs and Beavers who provided burgers and hot dogs, St Bartholomew’s FSA, Viv’s Vision Cakes, Crewkerne Poppy Appeal and Take-a-Peek Boutique who donated generously to the RBL, kept visitors of all ages busy with sweets, treats, games and competitions. Refreshments were provided by the Branch Bakers and crafts also by the Branch. Nigel at Severalls Mini Mart donated many pints of milk, sugar and squash which was gratefully appreciated.
Entertainment for the event was provided by the Somerset Ukulele Band and Singers and Jan McNeill, who sang many war-time songs and encouraged the audience to join in the singing and tap their toes. Many stall holders and other participants dressed in the uniforms and colours of military services and medical care providers during the Second World War. A miniature Poppy of Honour, made by RBL member Peter Heather, took pride of place on the Green. Chairman of Crewkerne RBL Branch, Tony Samuel said: “The afternoon was a huge success and we can’t thank the community enough for turning up and supporting the event. We would like to make this a regular annual event at this perfect venue and we were most fortunate to have good weather. The Poppy Appeal raised £198.10 and the Branch raised £413.76. A brilliant result and many thanks must go to the RBL crew, I am extremely grateful.”