Trophy success for Fakenham British Legion

From left WO2 John Boisson, Major General William Cubitt, Colonel David James OBE, Ken Thomas, sta

From left WO2 John Boisson, Major General William Cubitt, Colonel David James OBE, Ken Thomas, standard bearer. - Credit: Archant

Fakenham's branch of the Royal British Legion is celebrating after winning three trophies.

The Hayden, membership and Wilfred Burman cups were presented by the county president Major General William Cubitt at the Norfolk RBL Awards ceremony.

Branch chairman Col Davd James said: 'We have had a highly successful and thoroughly enjoyable five years in which the Branch has accomplished and taken part in many memorable achievements. 'The bedrock of our benevolent work is the Fakenham Armed Forces Community Covenant which was signed on Armed Forces day 2013 by 18 representitives from the local Armed Forces community and the town's civil, charitable and voluntary sector.

'As the national custodian of Remembrance we were delighted to lead the Fakenham War Memorial Project which concluded with five names being added to the roll of inscriptions on the Fakenham War Memorial and 1 on the East and West Raynham Parish Memorial. Also, the branch's monumental Poppy Appeal effort, led by our long serving and dedicated Organiser Gwen Pierce, year on year raises substantial amounts for our beneficiaries. This is typified by our highly creditable 2014 appeal total of almost £14,000.'

Other notable branch achievements include being bestowed the 'Freedom of the Town', yearly Remembrance tours to First World War memorials, cemetries and battlefields in France and Belguim, affiliation with five local youth groups and working with local schools during Remembrancetide helping pupils understand the sacrifice of Service persons in Wars and conflicts.

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Branch secretary WO2 John Boisson said: 'These awards are a fantastic tribute for the branch and congratulations are due to each and every one of our members.

'We are unequivocally committed to helping serving and ex-service people in need. Anyone can join Legion, whether you have a Service connection or not.

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'So if you're interested in supporting the Armed Forces community please consider joining the Fakenham and District Branch and come along to the General Townshend Club where there will be a very warm welcome.'

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