Going the extra mile for RBL birthday

Veterans at last year's rememberance parade in Greens Norton
Veterans at last year's rememberance parade in Greens Norton

MEMBERS of the Brackley and District branch of the Royal British legion will be going that extra mile in aid of ex-service personnel next week.

Members of RBL branches in the county will be walking a symbolic 90 miles next week to mark the organisation’s 90th birthday.

On Wednesday, June 1 members from Brackley, Wappenham and Greens Norton branches will be doing their share by walking the 7 miles to Wappenham. Before they set off they will be selling teas and coffees from a stall on the Piazza and there will be chance to make donations.

Russell Barrie, Brackley RBL chairman, whose son is serving in the Queens Royal Lancers and has just come back from Afghanistan, said the RBL is as important as it was when set up by Earl Haig in 1921.

Mr Barrie said the RBL gives away £1.4 million per week in support of ex-service personnel.

He said: “It means a lot to soldiers, that if they get into a spot of trouble or they have financial issues, we can help the out.”

Mr Barrie said the RBL can provide financial help from small business loans, to help with furniture and funding resettlement course for soldiers leaving the forces.

Mr Barrie is inviting as man as possible to join them celebrate the RBL birthday from around 9am before setting off at 10am.