Farewell to a hero.
There are few sadder occasions than saying farewell to one of our war hero’s and that was exactly what we did on the last Monday of July. We paid tribute to a long time Legion member and member of the Officers Association, Sqn.Ldr. “Larry” Larard. Larry, as he was known to most people, was his ”Bomber Boy” nickname. He was justifiably proud of his Bomber Command heritage having survived a full tour of 30 operations as a rear gunner on Lancaster bombers. Larry continued in the RAF commissioned into the admin/accounts branch and according to the family his RAF days were the happiest of his life. He always spoke fondly of his time in the service. His funeral took place at the new Breckland Crematorium and was attended by family and friends obviously. There were many Royal British Legion members, several from neighbouring branches and standards from Watton and other branches were present to pay their respects. There were also representatives from both RAF Marham and RAF Honington but notably a contingent from 617(The Dambusters) Sqn. Larry was borne in by representatives from RAF Marham under the guidance of funeral director Andy Free from Attleborough. Mourners gathered at the Wagon and Horses in Griston after, Larry’s favourite Sunday haunt. We will remember them!