Legion Women’s Section in ‘last-ditch’ plea for help

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The few remaining members of Longridge Royal British Legion Women’s Section have put out a strong plea for volunteers to join them and keep the group going.

Following the closure of the men’s section last year and the resignation of the women’s chairman Irene Parkinson through ill health, secretary May Squires told the News: “This is a last-ditch appeal to some younger folk in Longridge to join us.

“We have made pleas for help before but had no response.

“If this happens again, we feel it will be the last time we do so and we will have to close.”

The group’s annual general meeting is next Tuesday, July 29, at 7.30pm in the Legion club on Warwick Street. Mrs Squires and treasurer Beryl Morant hope to welcome anyone who feels they can give their assistance with vital support for a long-running section of the town’s community.

Formed in 1943, it reaches its 71st anniversary this month. Irene Parkinson concluded more than 50 years’ membership this year, Mrs Squires has served 39 years and the section has donated funds of £400 to headquarters and more than £100 to the Poppy Appeal. They have been told by Legion headquarters in London that if no volunteers come forward, the secion will definitely have to close.