Chatteris Royal British Legion celebrates 90th birthday

PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 July 2011


VETERANS honoured as members pack into Fenland church to celebrate a Royal British Legion branch’s 90th birthday.

The tenth branch to form in 1921 the Chatteris Royal Legion held a ceremony in the Chatteris Parich Church of St Peter and St Paul, led by Reverend David Sladden.

Captain Victor Lucas, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and the partners of the musicians heard Major Norman Larke Rtd, branch chairman, praised by Rev Sladden for his dedicated work for the Royal British Legion in the town.

Captain Victor Lewis presented RAF veterans David Barker, Steve Malpass and David Kelly with Veterans badges as well as Ken Bailey, 5th Suffolk Regiment, and John Childs, Royal Artillery, were also given badges. Molly Hammerton was given a posthumous badge for her husband Philip, RAF.

90-year-old Ken Gowler, Chatteris branch president, received life membership to the British Legion in the ceremony which had music played by the Minden Band of the Queens Division led by director of music Captain Bruce Miller and band master Warrant Officer Mason.

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