Group’s 75th anniversary a celebration to remember’

PUBLISHED: 15:45 13 September 2007 | UPDATED: 15:14 12 May 2010

From left, Chris Sharweed-Smith, mayoress Wendy Gibbs, mayor Cllr Peter Lill, Sheila Needham, Peter Nash, Brian Wingate, and Chris Lund

From left, Chris Sharweed-Smith, mayoress Wendy Gibbs, mayor Cllr Peter Lill, Sheila Needham, Peter Nash, Brian Wingate, and Chris Lund

FAMILIAR faces past and present came together on Saturday to celebrate the Royston St John Ambulance s 75th anniversary. County Commissioner Dr Chris Lund presented a certificate to Royston divisional officer Peter Nash to mark the occasion. Royston s may

FAMILIAR faces past and present came together on Saturday to celebrate the Royston St John Ambulance's 75th anniversary.

County Commissioner Dr Chris Lund presented a certificate to Royston divisional officer Peter Nash to mark the occasion. Royston's mayor Cllr Peter Lill was also present.

Sheila Needham, of the Royston St John Ambulance, said: "We wanted to put on a really good party.

"We invited as many people as we could who have been involved with St John in Royston since it started in 1932.

"We had about 80 people attend, and the older generation were re-living old times and telling the younger members about the history of the group.

"There was a lot of reminiscing about the St John Ambulance band we used to have in Royston."

Mrs Needham revealed that one person had travelled across the Atlantic to be at the party.

This was Brian Phillips and his family immigrated to Canada in the 1970s.

"It was great to see him back. We also had guests there who were members in the 1940s and 1950s, so it was a really good representation of St John over the years.

"After the presentation and the speeches our young people, the cadets and the badgers, cut and served the birthday cake.

She added: "It was a wonderful day and a celebration to remember.

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