Ceremony highlights college link with Legion

Scarborough College CCF affiliated to Royal British Legion.'Local British Legion Branch President George Southern (left) presents Captain Bill Parker with a bar to his long service medal.'112627e. 28/06/11.'Pic Kevin Allen.
Scarborough College CCF affiliated to Royal British Legion.'Local British Legion Branch President George Southern (left) presents Captain Bill Parker with a bar to his long service medal.'112627e. 28/06/11.'Pic Kevin Allen.

WORLD War Two veterans were among those present at a ceremony affiliating a local college to the Scarborough Royal British Legion.

Army and naval cadets at Scarborough College were presented with badges by the veterans and others to mark the occasion.

School staff instructor and Scarborough College Combined Cadet Force contingent commander of unit, Bill Parker, said he was honoured of the recognition.

He said: “Being with the Cadet Force unit over the years, we’ve done lots to support the Legion, through the Poppy Appeal, parades, standard bearing.

“We were offered affiliation by the local branch, and the cadets can wear the badges on their uniform.We had a couple of VIPs and Second World War veterans to present the certificates. It has not happened to us before, I feel very honoured.”

The affiliation certificates outline the unit’s pledge to support their communities providing encouragement, support and help where necessary.

Mr Parker was also presented with a medal bar for his continuing service.

He added: “I got a bar to go with my Cadet Forces medal for a further six years service with the cadets. I was honoured to receive the bar which was presented by the president of the British Legion, Mr George Southern.”