10.50am Vehicles parked in Rushden Primary Academy Car Park and participants gather round Bernard Vann Close sign
11.00am Ceremony commences with a welcome address by RBL Branch Chairman Paul Mills
Lt Col B W Vann VC, MC & Bar, Croix de Guerre Citation of the VC read by Captain Dave Maddock MERCIAN
Exhortation given by RBL Branch Chaplain Reverend John Tye
Last Post performed by RBL Branch Bugler Robert Crick with Standard lowered by RBL Branch Standard Bearer Robin Bryant. One minute's silence observed.
Wreath laid by pupils Elijah Lawson and Layla Jex from Rushden Primary Academy
Unveiling of Bernard Vann Close sign by Mr Michael Vann & Dr James Vann with family members present
Public Address given by the Vann family
RBL Branch Chairman invites those present to Rushden Hall for a Reception
Reception at Rushden Hall featuring the U3A Choir.
Thanks and Appreciation
The Vann family thank and appreciate the following for this special occasion:
East Northamptonshire Council - responsible for street naming and numbering
Barratt Homes - for funding the sign
Rushden Town Council - for the use of Rushden Hall
Royal British Legion Rushden Branch for organising ceremony
Rushden & District History Society - for research
Rushden Primary Academy - for the wreath layers
U3A Choir - for entertainment
Pizzeria Venezia Ltd - for catering
Rushden's VC hero, Lt Col The Rev Bernard William Vann, VC, MC & Bar, Croix de Guerre, is to be published later this year by Helion, leading military publishers. Written by Charles Beresford with the help of the Vann family. The title is The Christian Soldier.