Festival honour for Wellingborough standard bearer

Patrick Cutting from The Royal British Legion, at the War Memorial in Broad Green in Wellingborough. He has been selected as a standard bearer at the Festival of Remembrance in November.  John Holloway, Ken Harrington, Norman Wood, David Coxall, Myles Jaggers, Amy Barton, Ian Nunney, Patrick Cutting and Daniel Gascoyne
Patrick Cutting from The Royal British Legion, at the War Memorial in Broad Green in Wellingborough. He has been selected as a standard bearer at the Festival of Remembrance in November. John Holloway, Ken Harrington, Norman Wood, David Coxall, Myles Jaggers, Amy Barton, Ian Nunney, Patrick Cutting and Daniel Gascoyne

A Royal British Legion member will represent his town at the Festival of Remembrance this year after being selected as a standard bearer.

Patrick Cutting, standard bearer for the Wellingborough branch of the Royal British Legion, will be the first member of the branch to take part in the annual event for more than 10 years.

He has been selected to participate in the Festival of Remembrance on November 9 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The festival commemorates and honours all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.

Mr Cutting, 66, of Palk Road, Wellingborough, has been a member of the Royal British Legion for many years after serving for six years in the Army, until 1974.

He said: “I am very pleased and honoured to be doing it.

“There are so many branches in the county so they give you the opportunity in turn, which means it could be another 10 to 15 years before another standard bearer goes from Wellingborough.

“I am expecting it to be a long day as rehearsals start at 7.30am. We’ll prepare for a performance in the afternoon and then a performance in the evening when the Queen is there. We’re due to finish at 11pm.”

Branch chairman John Holloway said: “I am over the Moon. It’s been more than 10 years since we had a standard bearer at the festival, and I believe we’ve got it this year because we are the best in the county.

“He will be carrying the Wellingborough standard, which we are very pleased about.”

Cllr Ken Harrington, deputy mayor of Wellingborough and honorary vice-president of the branch, said: “This is a great honour for the town.

“The Wellingborough branch of the legion has done a tremendous job over the past year.”

Branch president Norman Wood said: “The last time we had a standard bearer was about 10 to 15 years ago.

“It is always a privilege to go, especially when Her Majesty is going to be there.”

The youngest members of the branch, Amy Barton, 14, and Daniel Gascoyne, 15, also congratulated Mr Cutting.

Christopher Hatton Academy pupil Daniel, who is the deputy standard bearer for the branch, said: “I am pleased that Patrick will be there on the day.”

Amy, who attends Bishop Stopford School in Kettering, added: “I think it’s important to support the Armed Forces.”

Last year, members of the Wellingborough branch were rewarded for the second year running for being the most improved county branch during the Poppy Appeal.