The local branch of the Royal British Legion held a parade of members and other ex-servicemen who attended. The Allied Special Forces Association was well presented with over 20 members and supporters turning up for what turned out to be a very pleasant afternoon in the country.
In the forefront of support for the Museum was Bear Squadron on the Wirral who turned out in force to be presented to Virginia McKenna and Bob Maloubier.
WELCOME TO EVERYONE
TO CELEBRATE THE FIRST ANNUAL PICNIC
May the afternoon be blest with Happiness and Sunshine on Saturday 23rd. June 2.30 pm.
ORDER OF SERVICE
Led by the Rev'd Paul Wilson
Music by Mrs Mary Jones
County Parade Marshall: Mr. P.N. Charman
Bugler: Mr. Paul Eddy
HYMN - HOW GREAT THOU ART
O LORD my God! When I in Awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy Hand hath made,
I See the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy pow’r throughout the universe display’d.
Then sings my soul my Saviour God to Thee
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
When through the woods the forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:
When burdens press, and seem beyond endurance,
Bowed down with grief, to Him I lift my face;
And then in love He brings me sweet assurance;
‘My child, for thee sufficient is my grace’.
When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And there proclaim: My God how great Thou art!
WELCOME - ROSEMARY E. RIGBY M.B.E.
A short address D.V. to be given by the following people
Who knew Violette in Ravensbruck
Bob Maloubier DSO
Who parachuted into France with Violette
Flt. Lt. Bob Large
Who flew Violette home from France by Lysander
HYMN - ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings,
he made their glowing colours, he made their tiny wings:
The purple headed mountain, the river running by,
the sunset and the morning that brightens up the sky:
The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden, he made them every one:
He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell
how great is God almighty, who has made all things well.
"The Life that I have" - Virginia McKenna
People - The Lords Prayer
Mr. Peter Davies
The National Anthem
God save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen;
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.
Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen.
Thank you for attending - happy journey home!
Violette's 2002 Picnic will be on the 22nd. June