Special service for new RBL standard

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CIVILIANS and ex-service personnel are preparing for a dedication service following the arrival of the new standard for the Towcester Royal British Legion.

For the first time in nearly four decades the autumn Poppy Appeal will be conducted on behalf of the Towcester RBL rather than the Greens Norton RBL branch. The new branch is still a sub branch of Greens Norton but with 25 members already signed up it is hoped the branch will be independent by the time the October collections begin.

Towcester and District Rotarian David Reed has helped coordinate the Poppy Appeal in Towcester and Silverstone for Greens Norton.

The Towcester branch was dissolved in the 1970s due to low membership but Mr Reed said the increasing number of servicemen returning from the conflict in Afghanistan has re-ignited interest in the charity. RBL groups require 30 members before they can be a considered a branch in their own right.

Mr Reed said they have 25 members signed up and waiting for another ten forms to be returned and added: “We will have a new branch by the time the Poppy Appeal comes around again.”

The RBL spends £50 million a year supporting service personnel and their families by providing emotional and financial support.

The new standard will be dedicated during the Civic Service at St Lawrence Church, at 10.30 on Sunday, September 11.