Legion march bows to 'stiff joints'

MEMBERS of Axbridge British Legion will not attempt their traditional march up the church steps on Remembrance Sunday because their chairman thinks it would be a bit much for their old legs. Chairman Dennis Bratt says it would to too much to expect his ag

MEMBERS of Axbridge British Legion will not attempt their traditional march up the church steps on Remembrance Sunday because their chairman thinks it would be a bit much for their old legs.Chairman Dennis Bratt says it would to too much to expect his aging branch to hike up the old steps to St John the Baptist Church while in their marching posture and keeping up with the guides and brownies.So instead, the legion will assemble in The Square at 10.30am with the town council, guides and brownies, walk up the steps in their own time and watch everyone else march up the steps.Mr Bratt, who has been chairman of the Axbridge branch for 30 years, said: "If I gave them a choice they would all want to walk up it so I've had to say no, I think there's a few too many stiff joints."It's hard enough to walk up the steps anyway, without having to concentrate on marching and everything involved with that."So we've decided they'll all assemble in The Square and make their own way up and wait for everyone else."We've also got one lad from the town who's coming back from Iraq to take part in the parade which is something special.


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