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Cllr. Angela Standing, who is the Chair of the Arundel British Legion, attended Westminster Abbey last week to attend the Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Centenary of the Royal British Legion. The service was attended by the Queen and the Princess Royal.

The Royal British Legion (RBL) was founded on 15th May 1921, in the aftermath of the First World War, and has been supporting service men and women, ex-servicemen and women, and their families ever since. In his Bidding the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle paid tribute to “the dedication, imagination, and resilience of those who find fresh ways of engaging with the many and varied needs of those who have suffered” as a consequence of their commitment to Queen and Country.

”In her busy life, Angela combines her role in the British Legion with being Deputy Mayor of Arundel and Arundel’s Town Cryer. At Thursday’s Council Meeting, Arundel Mayor Tony Hunt, congratulated Cllr. Standing on being invited to Westminster Abbey for this very special event, and said: “The British Legion does wonderful work, and we have all seen the work that Angela does on its behalf, from selling poppies in the rain in the High Street to organising Remembrance Day services each year”

Angela Standing said: “It was a great honour to be invited to attend this service in Westminster Abbey. I don’t know if the founders of the British Legion would ever have imagined that the organisation would be going strong a hundred years later, but service people and their families need just as much support today as they did in 1921.”

The 2021 Poppy Appeal will begin on 28th October.