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Town’s British Legion branch is relaunched

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Buxton’s Royal British Legion branch is being relaunched - less than a year after closing - with new premises in the centre of the town.

The branch, which folded last May because of dwindling membership, has been reformed with a new committee selected at a meeting held last week.

And after the former branch headquarters on Hardwick Square were closed in April 2012, the branch is close to securing a deal for new town centre premises.

As well as being the location for co-ordinating the town’s poppy appeal from, the new site will be open for members to drop-in for a coffee, chat or advice on a wide range of issues.

Buxton’s Mo Stewart, who served 25 years in the RAF, has been instrumental in the reforming of the branch and the new premises. She said: “This reinvigorates the Legion. You don’t actually have to have served in the forces to be a member.”

She added: “We’re going to hold social events once a month. It is going to be a hub which will raise our profile in the town and it’s going to be a shop window with a big poppy in there too.

“Buxton is very similar to an RAF station, it is a tight-knit community and this is a chance for us to be able to give people somewhere to come to.”

 

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