Spitfire swoops into village

A REPLICA Spitfire swooped into Kippax to mark the 80th anniversary of the village's Royal British Legion.

Hundreds of residents flocked to the celebration – which included a children's party, charity auction, wooden gun drill re-enactment and 1940s cabaret night – at one of the country's oldest RBL branches.

Michelle Milner, of the group, said: "It was fantastic to see so many residents turn out for the event.

"There was so much going on and everyone had a wonderful time.

"The Royal British Legion as an organisation is only 87 years old, so our branch is one of the oldest in the country. It's a testament to the hard work of our members that we've been going for so long."

The Kippax and District branch, which also covers areas of Garforth, Allerton Bywater, Ledston and Ledsham, is appealing for new members to boost its ranks.

Michelle said: "We're looking for people – young or old – who have a good attitude and the passion to keep this group active. A lot of groups are folding at the moment and we don't want that to happen here.

"We meet on the second Sunday of every month, except November. If people don't want to become full members, it would be brilliant if they could help with the annual poppy appeal or in the organisation of events like this."

For more information about the Kippax and District branch – or to be put in touch with representatives from other branches – call Michelle on 07940 132758.