The chairman of Accrington British Legion says the branch is going from strength to strength as he prepares to stand down from the position.
David Peacock is coming to the end of this three-year tenure and a new chairman is set to be elected at the branch’s annual general meeting later this month.
David, of Hudson Street, Accrington, says the branch is in rude health after gaining membership thanks to improvements in branch recruitment and an increase in publicity due to last year’s centenary of the start of the First World War.
The 65-year-old, who will remain on the committee, said it had been a privilege to serve over the past three years.
He said: “It was a huge honour to be able to spend the centenary year as the branch chairman.
“I would like to convey a very big thank you for the support of many individuals and organisations, throughout Hyndburn, whom we as a branch have been involved with, leading up to and including what has been a very busy year.
“I am sure that further upcoming commemorations will be just as busy in 2015. I will still remain on the committee but not in the capacity of chairman.”
David, who served various tours including Northern Ireland, Germany and Gibraltar during a 31-year career with the army’s Light Infantry, said the branch has been busier over the last 12 months in particular because of the First World War commemorations, representing the borough at a number of events, including the televised Christmas Truce event at St John’s Church.
He said: “We’ve been quite busy and we have now got our own Facebook site. The membership has improved over what it was.
“Three years ago we were working in an old fashioned way, and plodding along. We have gained a much wider reach.”
The branch, which is based at the Stanley Street Club and normally meets on the last Sunday of the month at 12.30pm, has been given an anonymous donation of Navy blue official Royal British Legion ties.
David said the ties, which will be worn by their current “active” branch members at get-togethers, were “very much appreciated”.
He added: “They were actually delivered to the branch but it doesn’t give any indication whatsoever who sent them. I think they will be very well received.”