Members of Egremont Royal British Legion travelled to Arnhem in the Netherlands, for the Operation Market Garden's 75th anniversary.

Standard bearer for Egremont RBL, Gareth Edwards, took part in three days of parades.

He was joined by members John Edwards, Eddy 'Slim' Dixon, Joe Fleming and Bill Carrahar, who watched the services.

Gareth marched over the Arnhem Bridge to the Airborne Monument, for the first of the wreath laying and services.

He said: "I was nervous and apprehensive as there was lots of people watching, but a feeling of pride at representing Egremont and West Cumbria and walking over the bridge with a tremendous turnout for the 75th anniversary."

On Saturday the members attended a service to the RAF, at the RAF Monument at the Hartenstein Museum in Oosterbeek, which again had a wreath laying.

A third wreath laying and service was held at Oosterbeek War Graves Cemetery. The site of 1,523 allied troops' burials, including, 28 soldiers from The Border Regiment.

John Edwards, for Egremont Royal British Legion, said: "It's a very emotional weekend. I've been going for 30 years, and it's been going for 75 years, but this year there was more people than ever before.

"It's very moving, especially when the Dutch children lay flowers on all the graves during the service and the Dutch people are so welcoming - they welcome us with open arms."

John's son, Gareth Edwards, said it was the second time he had been standard bearer at Arnhem, but the first time he has carried the flag over the bridge, taking over the honour from dad John.

He said it was the new standard's first outing, so it was quite an experience all round.

Gareth intends to continue attending the annual event. He said: "I plan to follow in dad's footsteps and will attend every year until I physically can not do so."

Anyone wishing to get involved with Egremont RBL - either ex-veterans or non-veterans are welcome. Contact Gareth Edwards on