For 25 years Norman McLernon has been the face of the Dervock branch of the Royal British Legion and, as standard-bearer, he has proudly carried the flag at countless parades - seldom missing any.
Much to the Legion’s regret, Norman is now handing over his duties but his loyal and dedicated service has not gone without recognition.
In a function at the Tea Rooms in the village attended by colleagues and the chair and vice chair of the branch, Norman was presented with a specially crafted statuette depicting a standard-bearer with the Royal British Legion crest included.
Making the presentation, Mr George Black, chair of the branch, said Norman had carried the standard for the past 25 years when the branch had re-formed after a period of inactivity.
“Norman has been with us through thick and thin and we are all very proud for the things he has done for us. We thank him for his loyalty and devotion,” Mr Black said.
He added: “We are sad that you have to ‘hang up your boots’ but we wish you all the best in the future.”
In response, Norman said it had been a great honour to have carried the standard and he was sorry that he had to retire.
The daughter of another branch stalwart, Sandy McLernon, Yvonne, is the new standard-bearer.