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March Royal British Legion Club 65th birthday celebrations.
March Royal British Legion Club 65th birthday celebrations.
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The weather failed to dampen the spirits of those on parade when March Royal British Legion celebrated its 65th anniversary on Saturday.

The organisers said it was a “fantastic day”. The planned Dakota flypast was the only real casualty of the wet weather conditions.

March Royal British Legion Club 65th birthday celebrations.

March Royal British Legion Club 65th birthday celebrations.

Celebrations at the Rookswood headquarters started with a parade of standards and a service conducted by Rev Michael Jones. Branch vice-president Chris Harley read the Exhortation and the Kohima. Major Nigel Spencer MBE planted a commemorative tree.

Tracey Crain made a presentation to Mrs D Spencer and there was also a presentation to branch vice-chairman Ivan Coomber as thanks for his long and loyal service by member Thomas Harley.

The celebrations continued with a barbecue run by Garry Brinn and a host of activities including Punch and Judy, stalls and cream teas. One of the oldest branch members, George Jupp, had the honour of cutting the special birthday cake. There was also bingo, a grand draw, entertainment and a buffet.

On Sunday there was a Fun Day on the waterfront and a barbecue organised by Kevin Churchley and Mike Smith. The club was open Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

March Royal British Legion Club 65th birthday celebrations. The standards ready to parade.

March Royal British Legion Club 65th birthday celebrations. The standards ready to parade.

March Royal British Legion Club 65th birthday celebrations. Bugler John Pecorini.

March Royal British Legion Club 65th birthday celebrations. Bugler John Pecorini.

March Royal British Legion Club 65th birthday celebrations. Major Nigel Spencer plants a tree.

March Royal British Legion Club 65th birthday celebrations. Major Nigel Spencer plants a tree.