More members needed for Kettering Legion branch

Kettering RBL's Andy Smith at the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War commemoration last month
Kettering RBL's Andy Smith at the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War commemoration last month

A branch of the Royal British Legion is down to its last handful of members.

The Kettering branch of the military veterans’ association needs new members for roles including standard bearing, Poppy Appeal collecting and taking minutes of meetings.

The hunt is also on for new committee members. Andy Smith, from the Kettering branch, said the RBL was valued locally but it required more people to get involved if it was to keep going in the long term.

Mr Smith said it was a lot of hard work for those who were currently members to cover all the tasks which need to be done.

He added: “You don’t have to be ex-services. The only criteria is a willingness to help.

“There’s always help needed with the British Legion in one way or another.

“Everybody wants the British Legion. If nothing happens they ask where the British Legion is. But where are they when we want them?”

Scores of people in Kettering attended a service at the town’s war memorial to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War last month, and Mr Smith said occasions such as that showed people were continuing to value the country’s military veterans.

He said: “People aren’t ignoring commemoration. But we need their help.”