Sidbury and Sidford RBL visits London

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 October 2012

Sidbury and Sidford branch of the Royal British Legion at the Imperial War Museum

Sidbury and Sidford branch of the Royal British Legion at the Imperial War Museum

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Veterans and supporters from Sidford and Sidbury saw London in all its Jubilee glory earlier this week.

The Royal British Legion (RBL) trip took a coachload of 20 on a sightseeing trip to the capital.

They got to see the Imperial War Museum amid its makeover ahead of the 2014 centenary of the outbreak of World War I, where former midshipman Peter Mumford was reunited with a gun from the battleship HMS Ranillies, on which he served in 1943.

The group moved on to a performance of War Horse at the New London Theatre.

Valerie Hull, branch secretary for Sidbury and Sidford, said: “It just blew our minds!”

“The theatre was absolutely packed, there was a huge ovation that apparently happens every night.”

On Tuesday, they visited both Houses of Parliament, on a free tour organised by Hugo Swire MP.

Mr Swire was meant to meet with them but was busy with his new duties as a foreign office minister.

Valerie and some of the group then went to St James’ Park to see the new Battle of Britain memorial, and the secretary was most impressed with how the capital is looking during this Jubilee and Olympic year.

She said: “London is looking absolutely fabulous, the building have all had facelifts and even the pavements look like they’ve been cleaned!”

Next she is hoping to bring the Military Wives choir to the Manor Pavilion, although the plans are in the very early stages.


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