Beer revives Royal British Legion branch after 40 years
PUBLISHED: 17:30 29 August 2017
Beer has revived its branch of the Royal British Legion after more than 40 years.
The branch closed its doors in 1972, with its ladies section winding up last year due to lack of members.
The revived group opened on Saturday, August 19, with members of the community gathering for its launch at Beer Congregational Church Hall.
Burma Star veteran George Bastone declared the branch open. In the afternoon a small service was held at Pecorama.
Les Andrews, chairman of the branch, said: “We shall do all the memorial services and we shall try to help ex-servicemen.”
Currently the branch has 23 members and meets monthly.
In the congregational hall, historian Richard Scott had prepared a display on the legion and about the soldiers in Beer who died in the Battle of Passchendaele.
Members are trying to raise £1,000 before Remembrance Sunday to purchase a standard for the branch. The standard will need to be purchased in advance to allow the legion to carry out a rededication ceremony in the church.
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