Legion marches on to its 90th birthday

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AS the Royal British Legion gears up for events to mark its 90th anniversary, its Suffolk county manager is in training for her own event.

Adrienne Wakeling plans to mark the anniversary with a 90 mile sponsored walk, doing nine miles in each of the RBL’s 10 Suffolk districts, starting on May 1.

In addition the county’s RBL will be involved in a series of celebratory events. In June they are planning a Poppy Party at Bury Rugby Club and a Luke Southgate Memorial post cycle celebration after the Bury Wheel event on June 21.

The sporting theme continues in August with a Newmarket race day and on September 16 there will be a golf match at a venue to be confirmed. Next day a military band concert will be held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Events listings will be at www.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/suffolk

The legion is hoping anniversary publicity will boost knowledge of the work it does supporting service people and their families. Someone must only have drawn service pay for seven days for them, their spouse and dependant children to get RBL help. They do not have to be legion members.

Suffolk, with its county headquarters on Moreton Hall, Bury, was the first county to start a Poppy Calls service. Adrienne explained: “It’s a free handyman service doing lots of little jobs. Helping them with safety and security, like door chains or fitting grab handles and smoke alarms. They even put up curtains.”

Other RBL services include benefits and financial advice, grants to individuals in difficulty and inquest advice to bereaved families.

The legion works with other charities, including Help For Heroes and forces benevolent organisations to help service people in need.

To donate, or get help, call 01284 725833 or email suffolk@britishlegion.org.uk