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Legion branch seeks support

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 02, 2012

  • DEDICATION: Father David Michaels lays the first poppy cross in the Garden of Remembrance at Launceston watched by, from left, Lynne Michaels, Poppy Appeal organiser Ann Gynn, Peter and Christine Rowe, Barbara Rowe, John Knights, June Wills, Trixie Strike, Margaret Warne, Pauline Clarke, Muriel Jury, Helen Werren.

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THE Tintagel branch of the Royal British Legion is calling a meeting in order to attract "new blood".

The gathering to discuss the future of the branch will take place the day after Remembrance Sunday, Monday, November 12, at 7.30pm in the Cornishman Inn at Tintagel.

Secretary John Stratton said he had called it because few of the branch's 26 members were now active.

"Members are getting older, and due to age and ill health we need some new blood. We need people who can organise things," he said.

"Tintagel has had a British Legion branch since 1931 and it would be a shame to close."

For more details call Mr Stratton on 01842 770500.

Meanwhile, members of the Legion's Launceston branch gathered at the war memorial in the Square on Friday to witness the Reverend David Michaels dedicating the Garden of Remembrance and laying the first poppy cross.

The annual parade and service will be held on Remembrance Sunday at 11am in the Square.

Launceston is also hosting a 6ft poppy which is being pulled in relay around Cornwall, and was due to arrive yesterday.

A concert in aid of the Poppy Appeal takes place in the Town Hall tomorrow from 7.30pm.

Bude and Stratton branch members launched the area's Poppy Appeal on Saturday at Bude's Co-op.

Branch secretary Godfrey Harrison said that as usual members of the public were both supportive and generous.

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