Crucial Meeting For New Islands’ Royal British Legion Branch

armed forces day 2014_2Work to form Scilly’s own Royal British Legion Branch continues this week with a crucial public meeting.

It’s been Smudge Smith’s goal to set up an island group and he’s arranged for two mainland officials to attend a meeting at the Masonic Hall at 7pm on Thursday.

Smudge says they need 15 people to form a club here and he’s confident that there’ll be sufficient support, as around 25 people have expressed an interest so far.

But there’s room for more and any islander aged over 17 years can attend this week’s event, whether or not they have been in the services.

Earlier this month, plans for Scilly’s Armed Forces Day parade were cancelled because of a lack of volunteers.

Smudge, who previously oversaw the procession and service on Holgate’s Green, says he’s hopeful that the Army cadets can arrange a bucket collection in town on 27th June.

Two years ago their efforts over a three-hour period raised almost as much for military charities as the larger event, but without the amount of set-up work.