90th birthday bash for British Legion

The cutting of the birthday cake. Photo by John Crossland.
The cutting of the birthday cake. Photo by John Crossland.
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GLASSES were raised in town as the Royal British Legion’s Spilsby branch (RBL) celebrated its 90th birthday on Saturday.

A whole host of entertainments were held on the night to mark both the achievement and remember the work of the charity.

Around a hundred members, dignitaries and representatives from many businesses and organisations in town attended the event, which was held at the Franklin Hall.

The evening began with the marching in of the Branch Standard which was presented at the front of the stage.

Retired brigadier and branch chairman Peter Adams, made a moving speech about the formation of the Spilsby branch and the beginning of the British Legion.

Music on the night was performed by The Covergirls who sang songs from the forties and fifties where everyone was encouraged to sing along.

A delicious buffet and bar was provided by The White Hart Hotel which everyone enjoyed and the night continued with more signing and dancing.

“There was lots more singing and The Covergirls continued the evening with their ABBA tribute.

“Dancing Queen finally got people up and dancing,” said a spokesperson.

Many Spilsby businesses donated prizes for the raffle and big thank you went to Fred’s, The Red Lion, Cornhill Cafe, Nelson Butt, Pedigree Corner, Sentiments, Tongues, The George, Kind Thoughts, Sainsbury’s, Four Seasons and to all who made individual donations.

Another thank you went to everyone who bought raffle tickets and to those who made generous cash donations at the end of the evening.

The celebratory cake was made by Jane Dring from Mumby and everyone attending enjoyed a slice.

After the loyal toast, a presentation shield was awarded to Mr Donald Odlin for his hard work over the last eleven years as the branch Poppy Appeal Organiser.

The evening was concluded with the Last Post and Reveille played by bugler Dougie Dickinson.

Mr Ron Worth, vice president, led the RBL Homage and Jim Stacey, president, said the Kohima Epitaph.

There was then the Branch Standard march off and Nick Pettit, GM (Gallantry Medal) QGM (Queen’s Gallantry Medal) master of ceremonies for the evening, thanked everyone for supporting the branch and making it an amazing birthday celebration.