Standard bearer at Horsham Remembrance ‘determined’ to continue after collapsing

Tony Woolgar, standard bearer for the Royal British Legion
Tony Woolgar, standard bearer for the Royal British Legion

Hundreds of locals watched an emotional service in Horsham on Remembrance Sunday - but very few knew the standard bearer was struggling for breath.

Tony Woolgar, who lives in Horsham, collapsed during the parade minutes before the service at the war memorial in the Carfax on November 8.

However, the dedicated 53-year-old continued marching shortly after and said he never truly considered not fulfilling his duty.

He told the County Times: “I collapsed up by the Sun Alliance building on Sunday. I was going to pull out but I was determined to do it.

“If you watch the video you can see I was out of breath. But I am still alive, and all the time I am able to do it, I will be doing it.”

Two ex-soldiers rushed to Tony’s aid when he suddenly fell ill, and helped to pick him up from the ground.

Despite feeling unwell, Tony vowed to carry on.

He was well enough to once again act as the Royal British Legion’s standard bearer for the Armistice Day ceremony this morning (Wednesday November 11).

He added: “It is an honour, and it is the same every year.”

As well as ceremonies during the Remembrance week, Tony acts as standard bearer at military funerals and Battle of Britain services.

GALLERY: Hundreds turn out for Remembrance Sunday in Horsham

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