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Women's section of Droitwich's Royal British Legion forced to close
1:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
DROITWICH Spa’s Royal British Legion is set to mark the end of an era due to the forced closure of its women’s section.
The organisation will no longer run in the town because of the lack of younger members.
Nearly 60 years of history will be brought to an end on Sunday (September 29) when members gather at Droitwich’s war memorial, Victoria Square, to lay a wrath and lower the section’s standard for the final time at 10am.
The flag will then be taken to St Andrew’s Church and handed over for safe keeping.
Droitwich’s Royal British Legion women’s section, which uses The Legion Inn, Salwarpe Road, as its base, was first started in August 1955 and boasted many members and wives of former servicemen.
Chairman Hazel Gandy said: “The women’s section was popular in the 1950s and was made up of wives and girlfriends of people who fought in the Second World War. The group gave women in the town a place to meet and talk about the things they would have experienced during the war.
“However, those young women have got older and we’ve lost so many over the years too. Now we have some members in their 90s and only four or five are able to attend meetings.”
A final AGM will be held on October 5 before documents and accounts are passed over to the county organisation.
Mrs Gandy added: “People don’t seem to realise that the Royal British Legion is there for everyone still. It is not just for old war veterans, it can also help and support current servicemen and women too.
“There are just no younger people coming in who could run the group. We are all very sad we have to close after so many years.”
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