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Janet’s Poppy pride

By Lotte Pegler


Girlguiding stalwart Janet Erkiert fought back tears as she took part in the country’s Festival of Remembrance.


Mrs Erkiert was one of three volunteers from the Bognor Regis division of Girlguiding West Sussex at the annual tribute to the nation’s armed forces.


She and Katie Linskey and Jo Evans sold poppies and programmes and directed festive-goers around the Royal Albert Hall at last Saturday’s occasion attended by the royal family.


Mrs Erkiert, 60, the divisional commander for Girlguiding Bognor Regis, said: “It was a day of pride, emotion and fun.


“It was a real privilege to be there. I was wearing the medals of my father and grandfather and I had tears in my eyes.


“I can’t really express what it was like to be there.”


It was the first time Mrs Erkiert had been present at the festival but she has been a regular participant at the Remembrance Sunday service in Bognor Regis for many years and was present again at the latest occasion.


Ms Linskey is the district commissioner for Girlguiding Bognor Regis South and Ms Evans is the division’s treasurer and a Guide leader.


They were among a 15-strong contingent from the organisation in West Sussex chosen to take part in the occasion.

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