Sunday marked the end of an era as the standard of the Women’s Section of Newmarket and District Royal British Legion was ‘laid up’ for the last time at a service at All Saints’ Church.
Five of the section’s six remaining members, Christine Donovan, Jean Jeffconte, Angie Sewell, Pauline Wheeler, and standard bearer Alison Prewett-Stanfield, handed their standard into the keeping of the church, where it now hangs proudly above a side altar which is the church’s war memorial. The sixth member, Violet Skipp, was unable to attend. “It was a very sad day –the end of an era,” said Mrs Wheeler. “The Legion decided we were no longer needed as a separate group and now we seem to have been sidelined completely. It is very disheartening after all the work we have done over the years.”