Memorial Hall, Sea Wall
Dymchurch, Romney Marsh
Kent TN29 0TG
Tel: 01303 872394

Royal British Legion Club






Remembrance Parade and Poppy Appeal 2021

Hello everyone

Several people have said that this Sunday was our best parade and Act of Remembrance for a long time, and I have to agree; with the weather holding and the number of people it was astounding. Earlier in the week, on the 11th, we also attended the memorial to pay our respects where we were joined this year by children from Dymchurch Primary School which was a pleasure to see.

Sunday, our local vicar John, as always delivered a poignant service. I would like to thank all those involved in facilitating the parade, our parade marshal Snowy (who actually took very little convincing to lead the parade). Our marshals, for managing the road closures effectively particulary as personal reasons resulted in us losing quite a few in the days before with new volunteers stepping in at the 11th hour to ensure we could still make this happen. Thank you to Ron Dean for stepping into my role at the last minute as I had to manage the marshals on the day to ensure we could continue. Thank you to Phil Linehan for taking the salute, I know it was a tight schedule from your arrival back in the country. I must mention Dymchurch Parish Council who assumed the role of event organiser this year and without whom, none of this would have taken place as it did.

I must also mention the staff and Committee at the club particularly Dave who opened extremely early so that we could brief the marshals and form up for the parade and also to Mick who came in early to serve behind the bar following our earlier than normal return. The Club and Branch Committees try to support each other throughout the year but at this time it is even more important we work together and I thank the Club Committee for your support.


Thank you to all the volunteers and venues that also assist us with the Poppy Appeal, whether that is by hosting a collection box, standing in all weather outside Tesco, door collecting or helping with the raffles and other fund raising activities. It was particularly nice to see the Cadets available to help again this year - Covid took it's toll last year with many venues closed and limitations on how we could collect.


Thanks also to the majority of road users who waited patiently without complaint and accepted the disruption for a short time.


Most importantly thank you to all those people that attended the parade and service, donated to the Poppy Appeal or supported in other ways. Many people will be remembering relatives and friends, while some will be remembering people they have served with or those that are still serving today. In the many years I have been involved in the Dymchurch Act of Remembrance, either as an attendee or as part of the organising team, I have always been moved by the numbers that gather at the memorial. We say "We will remember them"; I can see that we always will.


I am sure that I have missed people who I should have thanked and so thank you to all. I know I will be involved next year in whatever capacity is asked of me and I look forward to joining you at Dymchurch's Act of Remembrance.


Matt Burford

Chairman, Dymchurch and District Branch Royal British Legion