End of the road for Legion

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Monifieth will still hold its Remembrance Sunday event despite the news that the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland is to close.

On Monday, secretary and treasurer of the branch Craig Wood confirmed that the branch would cease to exist with effect from October 31 due to a dwindling membership.

The Monifieth branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland had been in operation for almost 67 years after the branch colours were first dedicated on December 10, 1946, at the Queen Street church.

Local branches of the Legion are usually responsible for the organising of Remembrance Sunday events in their areas.

But Mr Wood explained: “I believe Monifieth Community Council will be organising the church service then the service at the war memorial.

“They have been in touch asking for the contact details of all the groups, who usually take part.

“Just because there won’t be a Legion branch, doesn’t mean we will forget about it.”

Mr Wood explained that a lack of members, with nobody coming forward to take up office contributed to the decision to close.

He added: “The reason for closing was falling membership and no one willing to take over the jobs of branch secretary and treasurer as I was resigning at the end of the financial year.

“Out of the members that come to our meetings, around six said they would transfer to other branches and for me I will be transfering to Carnoustie.”

In recent years, the branch clubrooms were sold to the Monifieth Amateur Dramatics Society but the Legion was able to make charitable donations worth £47,000 to forces charities thanks to this cash.