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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Parade will mark Llangollen Royal British Legion branch's centenary

* A recent Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Centenary Square at which the town's Royal British Legion branch plays a key role.

Llangollen branch of the Royal British Legion is to mark its 100th birthday with a special celebration this month.

Branch members, in partnership with the town council, play a high-profile role in organising the annual Remembrance ceremonies around the war memorials in Centenary Square and also have a major role in the yearly poppy appeals.

On the branch's Facebook page its chairman Mike Adams posted in a message to members: "It is the centenary of Llangollen RBL branch this year and we are planning a little celebration on Saturday February 17.

"March from Market street down Parade Street past the war memorials to the church."

The parade will form up outside Liberty Tavern at 11.45am then go through the town centre from Market Street, following the bus route to Parade Street and across Castle Street onto Bridge Street.

The parade will then perform an "eyes right" salute as it passes the war memorials in Centenary Square before heading to St Collen's Church for a short service of celebration conducted by Father Lee Taylor.

This will be followed by a lunch at the RAFA club for legion branch members and guests involved in the organisation.

Following the service all parade participants will make their way to the RAFA Club for a curry lunch and refreshments. There will be a small charge (£6) for the curry lunch for those not marching in the parade, and who wish to have lunch. It is anticipated that the church service will take approximately 30 minutes, and all will be welcome to attend. A branch spokesperson said: "Along with current branch members, and other services, we would be delighted to see as many armed forces veterans in attendance as possible, from Corwen and elsewhere. Please pass on far and wide, to your family and friends. We will be meeting on Market Street at 11.30am for the march to St Collen’s. "We’d love to see the local community come and join us in celebrating our 100th year in existence. If you can’t march, you can probably sing, so feel free to join us at the church and onto the RAFA Club."

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