On Friday 30th January, the District North of The Royal British Legion in Spain held its annual conference at the NH Hotel in Alicante.
Unfortunately the main guest speaker, TRBL National Vice-Chairman, Mr Terry Whittles, was snowbound in Manchester and was unable to attend, much to the disappointment of the delegates.
During the Conference, the fantastic Poppy Appeal collection total was revealed, an astonishing 188.324,80€! This is a 15.000€ increase on the previous year. Many congratulations to all those who worked so hard to bring this about and especially to those who contributed so much to this great charity.
The Chairman of Orihuela and District Branch, Mr Keith Carter, came forward to be presented with the District Recruitment and Retention award for increased membership over the past 3 years. Before he could sit down however, the Chairman of District, Mr Nigel Hails then surprised him with a District Certificate of Appreciation for his work as District Parade Marshal over the past 3 years.
The most prestigious award of the day however went to Mr Chris Wyatt, retiring District Secretary. He was presented with one of the highest honours of The Royal British Legion, the Legion Gold Badge awarded for his dedicated service to the Legion in Spain over the past 10 years. This Gold Badge is the first to be awarded to any member in District North since the Legion in Spain became a legal part of TRBL, UK in October 2010. When the Chairman read the accompanying citation, it was obvious that this award was very well deserved.
During the past year we received a number of welfare enquiries and our busy welfare caseworkers once again volunteered to visit beneficiaries in the area.
To find out more about the work we undertake, please visit our website: www.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/spain-north or ring our Welfare Co-Ordinator on 676 451 780. For all other enquiries, please ring 648 860 251
All photos kind courtesy of David Stokes
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