Long service award for Royal Navy veteran from Rushden

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A dedicated Royal Navy veteran has been recognised with an award for his service to the Royal British Legion.

Barry Smith, a Royal Navy veteran with 10 years’ service behind him, was awarded recently by the Rushden Branch of the Royal British Legion for his service to the branch over many years and particularly during the period 2005 to 2013 when he was branch secretary.

Barry, who was also once a member of the field gun display team that used to participate in the annual Military Tournament at Earls Court was completely taken by surprise when the award was announced earlier this month.

Barry is still active in the military community both as an RBL branch member and also as the Rushden branch of the Royal Navy Associations’ secretary.

He is pictured in the middle with his certificate of appreciation and a bottle of single malt Glenmorangie whiskey being presented by branch chairman Paul Mills on the right and former branch chairman Harry Graham MBE on the left.

The Rushden branch meets on the second Monday of the month at Rushden Football and Social Club in Hayden Road, Rushden.

A spokesman for the branch said: “We are recruiting for new members.

“The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity and one of its largest membership organisations.

“Members get together through the network of branches and clubs all over the country and overseas to participate in social, fundraising and welfare activities.

“Membership is open to everyone.

“If you have an interest in the objectives of the Legion and want to help and support for those who have served and their families, come and join us.

“We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not.

“Legion membership ensures that Remembrance is kept alive and that the sacrifices our brave servicemen and women have made are never forgotten.

“The ex-Service community have a voice and that their concerns are brought to the public eye.”

“Becoming a member also provides the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities and events held locally, regionally and nationally throughout the year.”

For more information go to http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/rushden.