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Dance to celebrate 75 years of Royal British Legion in Borehamwood
The local branch of a charity is celebrating 75 years standing shoulder to shoulder with those who serve or have served in the armed forces.
The Royal British Legion, which has been based in the club house in Shenley Road in Borehamwood since 1948, will be marking its anniversary with a dance and buffet this Saturday.
During the evening’s entertainment, the royal blue pennant with gold numbers that was added to the club's standard on its 50th anniversary will be replaced with a gold pennant with figures in royal blue to mark its 75th anniversary.
The pennant will then be blessed by Reverend Tim Warr of All Saints Church.
David Lowther, who became branch chairman four years ago, sent a message of loyal greetings to the Queen, patron of the Royal British Legion.
He was “pleased and proud” to receive a response from Her Majesty, congratulating the club on reaching the landmark.
Mr Lowther said: “75 years is a long time for a club to be in existence. Many have fallen by the board in the meantime.
“Over that period we have raised thousands of pounds for the Poppy Appeal and have offered help, advice and support to thousands of servicemen and former servicemen and their dependants in the area."
Mr Lowther knows first hand the help the legion can give to the dependents of servicemen injured or killed in the service of their country.
He said: "I never served in the army, although I wish I had. My father had his ear drums blown in an explosion in Algeria.
“The Royal British Legion gave him a small pension and for me growing up that was the difference between being on the breadline and having enough to eat.
“I joined the legion 26 years ago so I could give something back.”
He added the dance, which was open to members and non members, had already proved very popular.
“There aren’t that many tickets left, we’re already nearing capacity. It will be a very enjoyable Saturday night.
"We're expecting more than 100 people and the Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood will drop by too.”
Some of the food is being provided by staff at Sainsbury's Distribution Centre, Elstree Way, and Mr Lowther thanked them for their support over the years.
The event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 for non-members and £4 for members, and there will also be a raffle, with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.
The club will be holding its annual meeting on October 21 at 8pm.
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