MORE thank 150 people came out in Rock to watch a parade and the dedication of a new Royal British Legion standard.

The ceremony, held last Saturday, saw 21 standards from RBL branches around Worcestershire and Shropshire marched with about 60 others, as people also lined the streets, from the Rock Cross Inn to St Peter and St Paul Church, for a special service.

The event saw members of the Far Forest and Rock RBL branch lay up their old standard and bring in the new one. Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier attended the service to give a reading.

Branch members say the outgoing standard was more than 70 years old and "starting to show signs of wear and tear".

Branch parade marshall, Martyn Carter, said: "Thankfully, the weather turned out nicely for the parade, which went very well and trooping of the colour.

"The service was enjoyed by everyone and many of the dignitaries, including all the sponsors who helped pay for the new flag and members of the Far Forest and Rock legion branch."

About £700 was donated to the branch to pay for the new standard, which is made from a stronger material and has a brighter, fresher look.

The old standard was handed over after its final journey by elderly members of the group, led by standard bearer Jim Wrigglesworth, with the new one presented by the branch's younger members, led by 18-year-old Joshua Lyles.