UMBRELLAS were required by the dignitaries taking part in the procession to the Mayor of Henley’s civic service on Sunday.
The event was held to coincide with the weekend of celebrations for the Queen’s official birthday.
A heavy downpour struck the town centre as the group made their way from the town hall in Market Place to St Mary’s Church in Hart Street.
They were led by John Green and Brian Hughes, standard bearers for the Peppard and District and Henley branches of the Royal British Legion, town sergeant Cliff Austin and Mayor Julian Brookes. Other members of the procession included the Mayoress Gabriele Brookes, Henley MP John Howell and the Mayor’s cadet Josie Day, from Bix.
When the group arrived at the church the standard bearers created a guard of honour before carrying the flags to the front of the church to be displayed.
The service was conducted by Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, rector of Henley, and the hymns were led by the church choir.
Rev Griffiths said: “I can look back on 64 years of Her Majesty and she was in Westminster Abbey all those years ago and the crown was raised above her head and placed upon it. I hope all of us can agree and say, ‘God Save the Queen’.”
The lesson, which was from Galatians, was read by Councillor Brookes.
After the service, guests were served tea and coffee at the Chantry House and its gardens adjacent to the church, supplied by Mrs Brookes.
The Mayor said: “We had it on Sunday to tie in with the Queen’s birthday, so we had a nice big congregation to celebrate with us. We sang some hymns and I read the lesson — I’ve never read one before.
“I enjoyed the service and recognised several people in the congregation.”