Letter - Local Legion one of first to form

It was lovely to read that Johnston Press, the publishers of the Express, are supporting the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in this WW1 Centenary year.

The British Legion was formed officially in 1921, in the aftermath of the Great War and the Ackworth branch was one of the very first to form.

The ‘Royal’ prefix was added many years later. For over 90 years we have continued to give help and support to our armed forces and their families and remain the premier charity in this field.

Did you know you can give to the Poppy Appeal all year round, not just in the lead up to Remembrance Day?

Our branch is actively involved in many WW1 commemoration events and has access to several WW1 uniforms and assorted equipment that our members and families will be wearing to show what our granddads, great granddads and relatives, went through.

We have also been doing some research on Ackworth and Pontefract men killed in the war, which highlights the dreadful loss of life and impact on local families.

We hope to be at the Nostell Armed Forces Day on Sunday June 22, but our own Armed Forces Day is in Pontefract on Thursday June 26, from 10am.

In addition, we have our own Commemoration event at Ackworth on Saturday July 12, Yorkshire Day in Pontefract on Friday August 1, and a host of invitations to attend other organised displays and talks.

If you see someone in WW1 uniform, it’s probably us, so please come up and say hello.

If you would like to know more about the RBL and get involved with the Armed Forces family, please contact us on ackworthlegion@talktalk.net.

You don’t have to be ex-forces to join and there is also a youth membership for under 16s. Our branch meetings are the first Sunday of each month, at Ackworth Social Club on Wakefield Road, starting 10.30am.

You would be very welcome to come and meet us there.

Barry Hampton

Chairman

Ackworth and Pontefract

Royal British Legion

Lynwood Crescent

Pontefract