Memories wanted for RBL centenary

Posted on 08th February 2021 | in Community , Heritage & Tourism

The Royal British Legion is celebrating it’s centenary on 15 May 1921, with a programme of celebrations throughout the year.
Part of this programme is an initiative: Telling Our Story that will make sure that activities will focus on more than just the Legion. It will give opportunities to thank the charity partners, community associations, elected officials, government agencies and services whose valuable support makes it all possible.

The branch needs your help to collect and share the materials and stories that chart the history of the charity at Warkworth War Memorial Hall and the former branch in Amble. If you have been a Poppy Collector or a member of the Legion in the local area, we would love to hear from you. Perhaps a member of your family was a local member? With materials, letters, photographs, and personal recollections we can chart the human story of the Legion over the past century.

The branch has a handful of photographs from earlier days including the one below taken at a party in the early 1940s in the Legion Room at the Memorial Hall:

RBL party in Legion Room, Memorial Hall, Warkworth. 1940s

We have the names of some of the participants in the photograph:
Dr John Newton, J Thompson, Danny Blades-Bank Manager, George Yeoman-Dentist, J Robinson-Builder, H Henderson, Arthur Henderson-Electrician, Mary Dennison. Bill Gibson-National Coal Board, Bishop Dickenson, George Johnson, Clarence Carse.

The support of the community is vital to this commemoration. We will also contact Warkworth In Bloom team, Warkworth Parish Council, Amble Town Council and Northumberland County Council for support in representing the centenary in the area.
Please send any contribution to June Watson, Secretary of the branch. Email june@jwatson.biz

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