Service honours forces members

LEFT: Lord Shaw presents Moor End First School pupil Bobby Short, seven, with a Royal British Legion lapel pin.
LEFT: Lord Shaw presents Moor End First School pupil Bobby Short, seven, with a Royal British Legion lapel pin.

CHILDREN who raised money for the Royal British Legion making and selling chocolates were guests of honour at the Armed Forces Week service.

The pupils from Moorend First School, Cleckheaton, made batches of chocolates and sold them to raise cash for the charity.

As a thank you they were invited as guests of honour to the service on Monday, which marked the start of Armed Forces Week.

Spenborough Royal British Legion chairman Eddie Morton said: “The children raised £17.66. It isn’t a massive amount of money but the implications of it are immense, that children so young should realise the benefit of the Royal British Legion to the ex-service community.

“Because of that we invited them to be our guests at the flag raising.”

At the service, Father Peter Smith from Our Lady and St Paul of the Cross Church, Cleckheaton, gave an address. There was a speech by Lord Michael Shaw and the Last Post was played.

Family members of those honoured on the war memorial in Cleckheaton memorial park were in attendance along with local dignitaries.

The flag was raised at the end of the service and the pupils from Moor End First School were presented with commemorative RBL lapel badges by Spenborough branch president Eric Martin MBE.

Mr Morton said: “The pupils were a credit to the school and the teachers.

“Lord Shaw was accompanied by Lady Shaw and he raised the flag. He welcomed everybody to the occasion, in particular the children.

“He emphasised how important it was to recognise the contribution the armed forces are making to the welfare and security of the country.

“He said we must continue to support them, and we must respect and look after them whey they come back from these areas of conflict when they become ex-servicemen and women.

“The event was a celebration in recognition and a way of showing our appreciation of the commitment of the current armed forces and the service given by past members.”

A march takes place at 11am tomorrow from Ings Grove Park, Mirfield, to Mirfield Showground, where there will be a drumhead service.