COLONEL Nick Richards, president of the Eastbourne Combined Ex-Services Association, was the guest of honour at this year’s Willingdon branch Royal British Legion Christmas lunch.
The festive event took place at Chalk Farm Hotel, Wish Hill. Lt Col Oliver Keef welcomed members and guests and Rev John Griffiths said grace.
Susan Freeman, who took over this year from Cdr Mike Emary as Poppy Appeal organiser, announced that the Legion’s Willingdon branch had raised an impressive £7,277.44 from schools, clubs, shops, pubs, door-to-door and street collections and thanked all the people in Willingdon and Hampden Park for giving so generously despite the recession. Susan also paid tribute to the volunteers – and in particular 73-year-old Elaine Piercy, who was given a silver trophy in recognition of her outstanding contribution.
Elaine and her husband Les were also given a certificate to make their efforts over the last five years.
The British Legion will be celebrating its 90th anniversary next year with a calendar of commemorative and social events nationwide.
If you are interested in joining as a member, volunteer or supporter, please phone Bruce Baxter on 01323 506539 or Susan Freeman on 01323 505833.
More information is on the British Legion’s website www.britishlegion.org.uk