Over past 12 months Legion in Montrose “holds its own”

At the AGM of the Montrose branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland are, from left - Messrs W Mitchell;  Ted Parlett;  R. Jones;  D. Watson;  and G. Hutson.
At the AGM of the Montrose branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland are, from left - Messrs W Mitchell; Ted Parlett; R. Jones; D. Watson; and G. Hutson.

The Royal British Legion Scotland (Montrose Branch) held their annual general meeting on Monday in the Legion premises.

The Silent Tribute was called by the chairman, and Binyon’s Lines were recited by Mr David Oswald. Over the past 12 months the branch has held its own, despite the general veil of austerity that is affecting all. It was an active year with services of remembrance and commemoration being held at the Cenotaph, attendance on the Anzac Parade at Arbroath.

In July, the weather poured on the gala day. Despite this and a few hiccups, a successful event was held, with hope that another attempt in the coming year might be possible and result in a healthy return. Great thanks were expressed to the members of the Emergency Services for their continued support, and an overall determination to continue to work together for the future.

Reports were received from the Social Club, who were responsible for much of the work to enhance the clubrooms. Special thanks were extended to Sadie and Dave Gillespie for their attention and efforts to the detail that went into this project. The success of the Saturday Dances continues, and the Burns Supper is organised for February 6 at 6.30 p.m. The Women’s Section reported another successful year with a variety of interesting speakers, and fund-raising events by the Scottish Accordion Music Group and the Condor Military Wives Choir. Charitable donations had been made to various military causes and a total of £1,600 was distributed.

It was reported that the branch had sadly lost a total of 15 members over the year.

Office-bearers elected: president, Mr David Watson; vice-president, Mr Ian J.A. Robb; chairman, Mr Robert Jones; vice-chair, Mr Ted Parlett; secretary, Mr William Mitchell; treasurer, Mr Geoff Hutson. Committee: Mr William Doctor, Mr David Gillespie, Mrs Sadie Gillespie, Mrs Avril Jones, Mrs Cathy Paton, Mr George Paton, Mr William Prosser and Mr James Walker. Padre: Rev Dr Ian A. McLean. Temporary poppy convener: Mr William Mitchell.

The next meeting of the committee will be on Monday, February 9, at 7.30 p.m.