AN armed forces charity’s Burnham branch marked its milestone 100th anniversary with a special service.

The bells of St Mary’s Church in Burnham rang out this month to announce the start of a service celebrating the 100th anniversary of the town’s Royal British Legion branch.

The service was conducted by church vicar Suzie Fryer supported by Anne Sardeson, minister of Maldon, Burnham and Southminster United Reformed Churches, and Karen Smilley, minister of Burnham Baptist Church.

Many residents and other representatives of organisations in the district attended the event.

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It opened with a musical rendition of the remembrance poem In Flanders Field sung by the St Mary’s choir.

Ms Fryer said the service was to acknowledge the work of the branch since it was formed in January 1922 as well as to mark the 100 years since the memorial to those who died during the Great War was unveiled in the church.

David Swann, president and chairman of the Royal British Legion in Essex, presented Burnham branch chairman David Price with a certificate from the charity commemorating the 100 years of work of the branch.

For All The Saints was sung at the end of the service, having been sung at the service for the Great War memorial 100 years ago.


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