On the 14th January 2017 Brother Eddie Mansfield of St. Milburga Lodge 1120, who is the Branch Standard Bearer for the Royal British Legion in Dawley, Telford, attended the County Conference for the Royal British Legion held at Shirehall in Shrewsbury.
After the County business had been concluded there was an award ceremony for members of the RBL who have contributed the most during the year 2016. Brother Eddie was awarded the Standard Bearers Cup for the most parades throughout the County of Shropshire. It came as a complete surprise to him as he is still only in his first year as a Royal British Legion Standard Bearer. He also carries the standard for the Wrekin (Wellington) Branch of the Royal Air Force Association so it has been a very busy year.
Part of the duties of being a standard bearer is also to attend funerals with the standard if requested by family members. The standard bearer attends other events such as the Shrewsbury Flower Show every year and the Battle of Britain Parades at RAF Cosford held in September, which is a busy month as two are held in the area.
pictured above: (l to r) Royal British Legion County President, Eddie Mansfield and Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham.