Islands’ British Legion Celebrating 70th Anniversary

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The Women’s Section of Royal British Legion is holding a coffee morning today to celebrate 70 years on the islands.

Val Balkwill has been chairman of the legion for 12 years.

And although in its heyday, the group attracted around 100 members, Val says they still have forty members who turn up regularly for their fundraising events here in Scilly.

The members are getting older, she says, and younger people have other charities that they can support. Scilly’s oldest resident, Emma Roberts, who’s just celebrated her 100th birthday, is still an active member while the youngest is in their 40’s.

But Val feels the Legion in Scilly is still going strong, when many mainland groups are winding up and their work is just as relevant now as it was when it was formed.

Many of the women who first joined in Scilly had husbands and sons who were serving in the war.  The Legion continues to support former and serving forces personnel to this day, including those involved in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group organise the annual poppy day collection in the autumn, and the laying of the wreath on the cenotaph in Old Town, as well as fundraising efforts through the year.

The coffee morning is being held in the Atlantic Hotel from 10am to 11.45am and everyone is welcome.