Newly commissioned Stowmarket Royal Naval Association celebrates blessing of the standard

PUBLISHED: 10:44 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:44 28 September 2016

Pastor George Samiec at the blessing of the blessing of he Stowmarkt RNA standard.

Pastor George Samiec at the blessing of the blessing of he Stowmarkt RNA standard.


Stowmarket Royal Naval Association (RNA), which earlier this year became the first branch to be commissioned in the east of England for 14 years, has celebrated the blessing of its standard.

The ceremony was conducted by Pastor George Samiec, an Australian who has been in the UK since 2002. He also serves as a police chaplain for Suffolk Constabulary and as the ‘padre’ for the local Sea Cadet Unit in Mildenhall.

Commissioned just four months ago, Stowmarket RNA now has 20 shipmates on its ‘Watch and Station Bill’.

This year on Remembrance Sunday, members of the branch will take their place in Stowmarket’s parade through the town centre before attending a church service and paying their respects at the town’s Memorial Gates. Pete Chivers of the Stowmarket RNA said: “Every member is proud of having served in the Royal Navy and continues to follow the traditions and camaraderie that only Naval Service life can instil.”

The branch meets at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of each month at the Royal British Legion club in Tavern Street.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Stowmarket Mercury. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Stowmarket Mercury