Chapel WW2 vet and former sailor remember war dead in London

Alan Tideswell and Derek Eley took part in the parade of remembrance in London at the weekend
Alan Tideswell and Derek Eley took part in the parade of remembrance in London at the weekend
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The colours of the Chapel-en-le-Frith Royal British Legion were seen in the Royal Albert Hall for the first time during the Festival of Remembrance at the weekend.

Derek Eley, a Second World War veteran and Alan Tideswell who served in the Royal Navy for 16 years - made the journey to the capital.

Alan - who is the standard bearer for the Chapel branch - took part in the festival and both of them went on parade through Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday.

Alan who joined up on November 11, 1982 went around the world and was stationed near South America and Africa charting the oceans.

The 51-year-old said: “It was a fantastic spectacle and such an honour to be part of the festival and walk in the parade too.”

Alan applied to be part of the event to celebrate Derek’s 100th birthday and did not think he would get a place as so many want to take part.

He said: “We think this is the first time the Chapel standard has ever been seen in the Royal Albert Hall so to carry it in was a very prestigious moment.”

There were two services one in the afternoon and one in the evening with a morning rehearsal.

Alan said: “To be in the Royal Albert Hall on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am when time stops and we paid our respects to the people who gave their lives for our freedom was special.”

David Ash secretary for the Hayfield branch of the Legion was watching the festival and met up with Alan collected the standard and brought it back on the train so it could be used during the Chapel service.

On Remembrance Sunday Derek and Alan took part in the parade past the Cenotaph.

Alan said: “The crowd was ten deep along most of the route and really awe-inspiring to be part of. The crowds were amazing clapping all the way. Derek was in a wheel chair because there was a lot of waiting around but I think he wanted to march.

“Being part of the remembrance service will stay with me for ever.”