Royal British Legion Stamford branch to celebrate 90 years of loyal service

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A ROYAL British Legion branch will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a concert and a dance.

The Stamford branch of the armed forces welfare charity hopes to mark 90 years of support with a series of events in June and July.

A rededication and concert or tattoo is being planned at All Saints’ Church on Sunday, July 1.

And a dance will be held at the Danish Invader pub in Empingham Road on Saturday, June 16.

The anniversary is actually on June 7, but branch events secretary Bill Turner said the celebrations had been planned for later in the month to avoid a clash with the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

Mr Turner said: “We will do a series of events through the month.

We are looking at a concert or a tattoo on the last weekend in June, which coincides with Armed Forces Week. It wouldn’t be quite right to put on an event competing with the jubilee.

“We are also hoping to do something with the army at St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham and are perhaps looking to do one other event.”

The dance at the Danish Invader will be an open event and will feature a performance from Leicester band The Silhouettes.

Mr Turner added: “They are a good local band that do a fantastic evening’s entertainment.

“The proprietors are giving us the room for free and are putting on a buffet, which helps to keep the ticket prices down. They have been excellent.

“The idea is not to make a profit, just to get members together.”

Since its formation in 1922 the Stamford branch of the legion has become an important part of the town and now boasts about 200 members.

As well as organising fundraising events and taking part in civic events, it offers support and aid to servicemen and women both during their service and after they finish.

Mr Turner said: “The membership is very proud of the fact we have completed 90 years in Stamford.

“Unfortunately the need seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year. With everything that is going on we have never been more needed than we are now. The legion’s services are of the utmost importance.”