Legion anniversary celebrations

RAF Hemswell Day Remembrance Service 2010. Layinh wreaths on behalf of Bomber Command Association, Rooyal Air Force Association, Polish Air Force Association and Women's Auxiliary Air Force Association. G100915-1d
RAF Hemswell Day Remembrance Service 2010. Layinh wreaths on behalf of Bomber Command Association, Rooyal Air Force Association, Polish Air Force Association and Women's Auxiliary Air Force Association. G100915-1d
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CELEBRATIONS to mark the 90th anniversary of the Gainsborough and District branch of the Royal British Legion continue this month with a range of activities.

Formed in 1921, the Gainsborough branch of the Legion have prepared a programme of events to commemorate their 90th anniversary with the objectives of raising public awareness of the branch and their activities whilst seeking recruits and fundraising.

Royal British Legion logo

Royal British Legion logo

A spokesman said: “Who could have thought in 1921, that there would still be such a large need for support to our serving men and women, our veterans and their families?”

“Could we have imagined then, that in all but one year since World War Two, at least one member of our service personnel would die in conflict?”

He continued: “90 years on, our cause is still relevant. We remain loyal to our founding ethos and we have never been busier. We would not have been able to do all this without our members and our local network is wider than any other service charity.”

He added: In our 90th year, we celebrate that we are the number one provider of welfare, comradeship, representation and remembrance for the Armed Forces community.”

The celebrations continue on Saturday 18th June with concertfrom the Lincolnshire Hospitals Band at Richmond Park from 7pm. Then, on Sunday 19th June, there will be a Forces Day at Richmond Park from 11am to 3pm.

Rounding off June’s celebrations will be a church service and parade on Sunday 26th June. Assembling in the Market Place at 1.45pm, the parade will then proceed to All Saints Parish Church for a special service at 2.30pm. Following the service, the parade will reform and proceed to Melrose Sports and Social Club for reception and light refreshments.