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New Faces and a New Venue for Lunch after Regimental Memorial Service at York Minster

Rifles LI & KOYLI Memorial Lunch 2017 at York Racecourse

On Saturday 7 Oct 2017 York Minster fell silent as a pair of buglers; Craig Rosser and Kirk 'Bear' Richardson, from the LT Div & Rifles Veteran Buglers Association sounded Last Post and Reveille during the annual Regimental Memorial Service in the Regimental Chapel in York Minster. The three Regimental Standards: KOYLI; LI and RIFLES, were marched through the Chapel by Standard Bearers: Brian Clayton, Robert Smith and Colin Cranswick and handed to Padre Andrew Martlew for the duration of the service. At the end of the service they collected the Standards before marching them out of the Chapel and standing guard at the Chapel entrance. Robert had never carried a Standard before and he was faultless in his role as Standard Bearer, well done.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Lt Col Brian Denny with the Mayors and their Consorts from four of our Freedom Cities and Towns: The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Jane Dowson; The Civic Mayor of Doncaster, Cllr George Derx; The Mayor of Wakefield, Cllr Kevin Barker; The Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Christine Iredale and their Councils Armed Forces Champions joined The Rifles Colonel North and Midlands Region, Brig Collins; The Commanding Officer 8RIFLES, Colonel Teale; Chairman of the Regimental Association, Major (Retd) Andrew Penny; members of the Retired Officers Club, Association members and guests for this annual Memorial Service and Lunch.

Following the Memorial Service lunch was enjoyed in the function suite of York Racecourse. The Chairman of the Association welcomed the mayors of Leeds, Wakefield and Kirklees and other official guest. Following an update on various Association activities the Chairman of the Association handed over to Rifles Colonel North and Midlands Region, Brig Collins for a Rifles update. Each of the tables were adorned with a piece of Regimental silver however, the pride of place went to the bronze Maquette of KOYLI Memorial statue.

Pictures from the event can be found here.

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