Steam engine naming ceremony to mark Royal British Legion centenary

Eight RBL standard bearers and other members

Eight standard bearers, in addition to other RBL members, were in attendance at the event on Sunday. - Credit: David Pritchard

A Norfolk steam train was given a new honorary name on Sunday morning at a naming ceremony celebrating 100 years of the Royal British Legion.

Eight standard bearers from Sheringham, Holt, Wymondham, Shipdham, Aylsham, Norwich, Dereham, and Northrepps.

In attendance were eight standard bearers from Sheringham, Holt, Wymondham, Shipdham, Aylsham, Norwich, Dereham, and Northrepps. - Credit: David Pritchard

The event was held at Sheringham’s heritage station on the North Norfolk Railway (NNR), and was attended by the High Sheriff of Norfolk, Michael Gurney. 

High Sheriff of Norfolk Michael Gurney (left) and RBL Norfolk county president General Jonathan ‘Jacko’ Page (right)

High Sheriff of Norfolk Michael Gurney (left) and RBL Norfolk county president General Jonathan ‘Jacko’ Page (right) - Credit: David Pritchard

Also in attendance was RBL Norfolk county president General Jonathan ‘Jacko’ Page, as well as eight standard bearers from Sheringham, Holt, Wymondham, Shipdham, Aylsham, Norwich, Dereham, and Northrepps.

The Earl Haig train at the North Norfolk Railway

The train was given a new honorary name: The Earl Haig - Credit: David Pritchard

The steam engine, called 'The Royal Norfolk Regiment', was given the honorary name of ‘The Earl Haig’, in reference to Field Marshall Douglas Haig, a founding member of the then British Legion.

Steam engine

After the naming ceremony, the steam engine ran from Sheringham to Holt. - Credit: David Pritchard

The train then ran as the NNR’s midday cream tea service from Sheringham to Holt.

Eight RBL standard bearers

Eight standard bearers from across Norfolk were in attendance at the event on Sunday. - Credit: David Pritchard

The North Norfolk Railway, also known as the Poppy Line, has been working with the Royal British Legion for several years as a place ex-military are welcomed to volunteer to use the skills learned while serving in the Armed Forces
 

Eight RBL standard bearers attended the event on Sunday at the North Norfolk Railway's Sheringham station

Eight RBL standard bearers attended the event on Sunday at the North Norfolk Railway's Sheringham station - Credit: David Pritchard



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