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Appeal to Clitheroe's ex-service personnel
10:00pm Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
THE Royal British Legion in Clitheroe is appealing for ex-service personnel who live in the borough who need help and support to come forward.
The organisation is also calling for more people to sign up after their membership suffered a decline over recent years.
The chairman of the branch, Bob Scott, said that despite Ribble Valley Borough Council signing the Military Covenant in June, more still needs to be done to support ex-service men and women in the area.
Membership of the club has declined over the last few years and fewer existing members have put themselves forward for committee positions.
Mr Scott said: “Contrary to popular belief, you do not actually need to be an ex-service man or women to be a member of the club.
“All that is necessary is that you support the aims of the legion so really it could be open to everyone.
“I don’t know why many ex-service personnel do not come forward for help when they need it but I hope that they will start to now.
“We can offer all sorts of help and support to them and their families when it’s needed the most.”
The Clitheroe group has around 80 members, but the branch committee only has six official posts filled.
The numbers of people joining the club have not surpassed the number leaving over recent years and it’s a trend that Mr Scott says that needs to be reversed or the club could cease to exist.
Mr Scott said: “The membership, quite literally, is dying out and we have been suffering for a few years now.
“We are hanging on to be honest and we just need to keep going through this difficult economic time.”
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