FORMER soldiers have said farewell to their “colours” at a special ceremony.
Banners from the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and the West Yorkshire Rifle Volunteers have hung inside Huddersfield Parish Church for decades.
The ageing flags were officially re-sited to a specially-designed cabinet in the church yesterday.
The Vicar of Huddersfield, the Rev Catherine Ogle, said: “It was a really moving experience and a very dignified service.”
The oldest of the seven banners was used by the 6th West Yorkshire Rifle Volunteers between 1868 and 1936.
During the service, one of the flags was laid on the altar.
Lt Col Paul Simpson, Commanding Officer of the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, then returned it to the cabinet while four members of Huddersfield and District Army Veterans’ Association formed a guard of honour.
The flag was presented to the 5th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment by King Edward VII at Windsor in June 1909.
It was ‘laid up’ in the church in 1957 when the 5th Battalion amalgamated with the 7th Battalion.