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Dance to celebrate 75 years of Royal British Legion in Borehamwood
While celebrities were strutting their stuff on the Strictly Come Dancing stage, a Borehamwood institution was enjoying its own knees up.
The Borehamwood branch of the Royal British Legion celebrated its 75th anniversary on Saturday night.
More than 140 people visited the clubhouse in Shenley Road, Borehamwood, which reverberated with hits from the 1960s and 1970s, played by local band 60s Plus.
The dance floor was full all night, with people of all ages joining in with the foxtrot, waltz, line dancing and barn dancing.
As well as the fun, members took a solemn moment to replace the old royal blue pennant with gold numbers that was added to the standard on its 50th anniversary with a gold pennant with figures in royal blue to mark its 75th anniversary.
The pennant was then blessed by Reverend Tim Warr of All Saints Church.
Branch chairman David Lowther said he was pleased and proud to lead the Borehamwood Royal British Legion in its 75th year.
He 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 hundreds of 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.
“Saturday night was a real success. We raised £650 for the Poppy Appeal with a raffle and ticket sales and everyone who attended said how much fun they had.
“The next big anniversary is the 100th and I hope I’m still around to celebrate it.”
As well as marking the anniversary of the branch’s founding, Saturday’s event celebrated 65 years since the club house was built.
The Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Councillor Clive Butchins, who attended the evening with his wife Elaine, said it had been a most enjoyable evening.
He said: “The Royal British Legion made us feel very welcome. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I was very pleased to be invited along to share in such an important occasion.”
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