A letter from the Deputy Lord Leftenant Christopher J Jewitt  to Anthony Roebuck President of the Royal British Legion, Chapeltown Branch,  praising the branch and Ecclesfield Parish Council on the success of a very different Remembrance Day Service during the pandemic this year.

Chairman John Housley and Vice Chair John Brownrigg with Vicar Rick Stordy

  Chairman John Housley and Vice Chair John Brownrigg with Vicar Rick Stordy

 

Royal British Legion member laying a cross for remembrance.

Royal British Legion member laying a cross for remembrance.

Letter Reads as follows:

 

Anthony, good morning

I should more properly address you as President since it is in your position of President, Royal British Legion, Chapeltown Branch, that I write this short note to thank you and your fellow Royal British Legion members for your warm welcome yesterday when I attended the Chapeltown Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service.

It was well organised, well attended (suitably socially distanced!) and carried out with professionalism not to mention having taken a considerable amount of effort to ensure it was Covid compliant. What I gather from comments from other DLs Chapeltown’s was certainly one of the larger ceremonies and, at the time of writing, only one of two which had a nigh on complete Service of Remembrance, the other being Sheffield.

So well done and congratulations in pulling it all together in a very short period of time. As I said in my few words, it was a very special occasion which I felt privileged to attend and I do hope that I can return next year to witness Chapeltown’s Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service returned to its more normal series of events.

In closing, I would be grateful if you would pass on my thanks to John Housley, chairman of Ecclesfield Parish Council and your Chaplin, the Reverend Rick Stordy, both of whom made me fell most welcome. If there is a chance of a photograph of the War Memorial with the wreaths in place, I would be grateful: we are building up a small library of photographs and I omitted to take one before leaving!

Best wishes

Christopher J Jewitt DL