Branch Standard is laid up

BURMA STAR STANDARD                      ' 'Members of the Wisbech and District Burma Star Association before the laying up of their standard in St. Peter and Paul church, Wisbech.   From left Dave Davies, George Jupp, George Darlow (chairman), Stan Farley (President) and, in front, George Bettinson
BURMA STAR STANDARD ' 'Members of the Wisbech and District Burma Star Association before the laying up of their standard in St. Peter and Paul church, Wisbech. From left Dave Davies, George Jupp, George Darlow (chairman), Stan Farley (President) and, in front, George Bettinson
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The standard of the Wisbech and District Branch of the Burma Star Association was officially laid up on Sunday as the branch prepares for closure.

There are only six members remaining and president Stan Farley (87) explained they are all aged in their 80s and 90s.

The laying up means the future care of the standard has now been committed to St Peter’s Church in Wisbech. This was undertaken during a service at the church conducted by Father Paul West.

Mr Farley said the move is a prelude to the branch closing at a future date although members will keep in touch at luncheons and social gatherings. The branch was formed on December 12, 1996 and Mr Farley is a founder member.

He said: “It is sad the standard has been laid up but at least we know it has been taken care of.”

The Burma Star is a campaign medal awarded to those who served in Burma in World War 2 fighting the Japanese.

Pictured are Dave Davies, George Jupp, George Darlow (chairman), Stan Farley and George Bettinson. Missing is Harold Grundy.