Kettering Royal British Legion branch in desperate plea for volunteers

Remembrance Sunday:Kettering: Remembrance Sunday service at war memorial and parade''Sunday 8 November 2015 NNL-150811-171221009
Remembrance Sunday:Kettering: Remembrance Sunday service at war memorial and parade''Sunday 8 November 2015 NNL-150811-171221009
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The chairman of the Kettering branch of the Royal British Legion has put out a plea for volunteers after dwindling numbers left services stretched at the recent Remembrance parade.

In a letter to the Northants Telegraph, chairman Andy Smith expressed his thanks to everyone who attended their Remembrance services.

But he warned that unless more people start volunteering their help, such events would no longer be able to carry on.

The letter read: “Special thanks go to more than 130 cadets that paraded on Sunday, many of which had stood out on the streets of Kettering the day before in torrential rain collecting on behalf of the Poppy Appeal.

“We are a very small branch considering the size of Kettering and these events take a lot of time and effort to put together.

“This year for the first time we had to marshall the parade route ourselves and I struggled to find 10 people who were willing to stand for a few minutes to stop traffic while the parade went past.

“We can no longer rely on the police as they do not have the resources.

“You do not need to join the Legion to help at these events, the branch can no longer carry on depending on the same three or four people doing everything.

“I am sorry to say it is a sad reflection on the time we living in that the Legion still needs to give help as it did after the First World War.

“With conflicts still going on in the world today there are people coming home that need the help and support of the Royal British Legion.

“Can any members of the public help?”

If you want to help the RBL in Kettering you can call Mr Smith on 01536 761493.