The Last Post
For Helston’s Royal Air Force Association this was indeed the Last Post. After 63 years of helping ex-RAF service personal and their families they have called it a day. Formed in 1947 it has helped many people during those years. I myself have a soft spot for the RAF since both my father and my grandfather clocked up over 67 years of service between them. I felt honoured to be invited in my role of a Cornwall Councillor.
Today’s service was held at St Michaels Church, Helston. I would say over 100 people attended this service. For those who have never attended a service like this, the Standard is marched in, laid on the Alter where there is a handing over ceremony to the church. This Standard will now rest in this church until it fades away to nothing. It is like the graveyard outside, a final resting place. Have you ever wondered when you see lots of Regimental Colours in a church? Well, this is what happens to them once the unit is disbanded.
After a few readings, hymns and a robust rendition of the National Anthem we all left the church and headed to the Royal British Legion for tea, sandwiches and cake. I think a rather fitting end to this whole event. Also present were 3 of the founding members of this Association. They were there at the beginning and witnessed the end.