Highest honour for standard bearer

Tony Woolgar
Tony Woolgar

TONY Woolgar is about to take on the highest honour a standard bearer can achieve - participating in the Muster of Branch Standards representing Horsham at the Festival of Remembrance.

Tony, 49, of Guildford Road, Horsham, will be one of some ten standard bearers lining the stairs of the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 12 and will then be paraded in front of the Queen back stage.

“It is an honour - the highest honour a standard can get,” he said. “I’m looking forward to meeting the Queen. I haven’t met her before but I have met Prince Charles.”

Well known as standard bearer at Horsham events, it will be a busy weekend for Tony.

“I have to be at rehearsals from 8am to 10am at the Royal Albert Hall,” he said.

“The first parade is from 2pm to 4pm and then the one that is on TV and the Queen attends is from 7pm to 9pm.

“There’s a parade in Horsham on Friday and then the main one in Horsham is on Sunday.

“I’m very lucky as my employer, Lifestyle Ford, has given me a car for the day and Friday and Monday off.”

Tony, who used to be in the armed forces, was selected after being put forward for the Festival of Remembrance by the Horsham branch of the Royal British Legion.

He also participated in the Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo earlier this year.