Branch celebrates 90 years

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CHATTERIS Branch of The Royal British Legion is planning a host of events to celebrate its 90th anniversary this year.

These include the military band of the Queens Division the ‘Minden Band’ in concert at St Peter’s Church on July 13 at 7pm. Tickets will be £10 and £5 for children.

A concert programme will be available and tickets will be on sale soon. They will also be available at the door. All proceeds for branch welfare.

Other events planned so far are: A Forties Afternoon on June 11 from noon in the Working Men’s Club, the dedication of new Standards for the branch and the Women’s Section (65 years) in the church on July 3 and Armed Forces Day July 25.

For some years, Chatteris RBL has flown flags of Allied Nations which have fought alongside Britain in the two World Wars and all other conflicts and this year will be no different.

Branch vice-president Richard Mandley, who deals with overseas correspondence, has secured permission from the Fijian President Epeli Nailatikau to fly the national flag in Chatteris. Richard is also trying to get some Fijian military personnel to come to the town.

Celebrations in the pipeline also include a band concert on November 12 prior to Remembrance Sunday on November 13 where the parade will be led by the 1220 Squadron Air Cadet Band.

Any clubs or groups wanting to lay wreaths on Remembrance Sunday are asked to contact branch secretary Anne Wells on 07840-888669.

The Chatteris branch was formed on June 30, 1921, and was the tenth branch to be formed.