MEMBERS of the Haslemere branch of the Royal Society of St George gathered early in the morning at Haslemere station last Saturday (April 23) for St George’s Day.
The members were joined by Camelsdale Primary School Principal Sarah Palmer, Principal Toby, Principal Elsa and Deputy Principal Harry for a trip to London for the first National St George’s Day Parade for Society in three years. A new tradition was started on the train to London – pupils at Camelsdale handed out red roses to female passengers and the guard, who said the rose had made their day.
The parade took place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey to commemorate the English dead of all conflicts. A two-minute silence was observed in London at 11 a.m.
A wreath-laying ceremony followed on the west steps of the Cenotaph, led by Joanna Cadman, national president of the society and a member of the Haslemere branch, and the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councilor Andrew Smith.
Haslemere wreaths were laid by Branch Treasurer Martin Coakley and representatives of the Camelsdale School. All were then transferred to Westminster Abbey where a private service was held under the direction of the Reverend Anthony Ball, and another wreath was laid by Mrs Cadman.
The next big project for the Haslemere branch is to organize the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Window Dressing Competition for the Haslemere Festival Committee for the week of May 28th.