Montrose Legion quashes rumours that branch is closing

The Montrose branch of the RBLS quashes rumours that it is closing.
The Montrose branch of the RBLS quashes rumours that it is closing.

The Montrose branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland has put rumours to bed that it is closing.

In recent years the branch has struggled financially and there were concerns over dwindling membership numbers.

The club says it has been working on growing its membership and organising more events.

Branch spokesman Ian Robb said: “The question which lies upon our minds is what pleasure do people get from spreading malicious rumours that have absolutely no base for what they say?

“It appears to be something that has persisted over the past year.

“Let us put the record straight, there is absolutely no way that the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) Montrose branch and club have any intention of closing.

“We have spent a lot of time and money on ensuring that the branch grows with new members, organising activities and social events that have been well supported by the younger members of our community.

“We are getting stronger every month, so if you want to show your support we are open for membership renewal and new applications.”

Mr Robb said the branch had “one of the best turnouts we have experienced” for its Remembrance Sunday parade and wreath laying ceremony on November 13.

Also in November the club held a veterans’ dinner; entertained visitors from Edinburgh; hosted junior football presentations; catered for the Hillside Bowlers Club Night; held a St Andrew’s Curry night; organised a triangular games night where Montrose Supporters Club tied with the Montrose Emergency Services Group on 10 points with the Legion team coming in close with eight points.

This month at the clubrooms on Wellington Street have seen the local SNP branch celebrating its half century, the Howe of the Mearns Pipe Band holding their disco night last Saturday, and on the Sunday the local Air Training Corps presenting their prizes with a number of RBLS members supporting them.

On Wednesday, December 14 the Women’s Section will hold their annual general meeting (AGM) and Christmas Dinner; on Saturday, December 17 Montrose Emergency Services Group have their Fubar party night; followed on the Sunday by the Christmas party,and on the same evening the Bingo Section are having their buffet night.

On Christmas Day, there will two sittings of Christmas lunches at the clubrooms, which are already booked out.

Mr Robb said: “We must insist there is just no room for anymore, so please don’t upset us by trying to look for a place, we can only offend you with refusal.”

In the new year, there will be the Social Club AGM on January 9 at 7pm when members have the opportunity to have an input into the coming year’s programme and on January 16 at 7pm is the branch AGM.

Mr Robb concluded: “Does this sound as though the Legion is to be closing its doors?

“If you want change then your presence is required.

“Show Montrose that the RBLS has a strong support and not just on paper.”