Legion branch set to close

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The Monifieth branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland is to close at the end of the month due to falling membership.

Secretary and treasurer Craig Wood confirmed that the branch would close on October 31 after almost 67 years.

He said: “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.”

The branch colours were first dedicated on December 10, 1946 at the church in Queen Street in Monifieth.

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 thanks to this.

Among those benefiting were Poppy Scotland, Scottish Veterans Residences, Erskine Homes, Royal Air Forces Assocation, Scottish War Blind, British Limbless Ex-Servicemens’ Association, Combat Stress, Tayforth Veterans Project and Help for Heroes.

For more on the closure of Monifieth Legion, pick up your Guide & Gazette on Friday.