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27th May, 2022

Astwood Bank RBL marks Legion's 100th birthday with service

Ross Crawford 20th May, 2021

OLD soldiers and supporters gathered at the war memorial in Astwood Bank last Saturday, May 15, to mark the 100th birthday of the Royal British Legion.

They gathered, under current Covid restrictions, to lay a wreath at the Astwood Bank War Memorial and to pause to remember .

The gathering opened with a welcome and a prayer from the RBL Chaplain Rev Glenn Reading followed by the laying of wreaths by branch President Pam Emery and Redditch Borough Councillor and local ward member Craig Warhurst.

This was followed by the Exhortation and Kohima Prayer.

The Standard was lowered by chairman Mark Banwell, for the two minutes silence.

The short service concluded with a final blessing from Rev Glenn.

The Astwood Bank branch of the RBL was registered on March 3, 1933 and today is one of more than 2,500 branches across the UK and beyond.

The Royal British Legion was founded in 1921 in the wake of the First World War and has since dedicated itself to helping those who served their country and their families.

New members are always welcome at the Astwood Bank branch and you don’t have to be ex-service to join.

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