Floral tributes as charity marks 100th anniversary

Tributes have been laid to mark an organisation’s 100th anniversary.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 9:00 am
Members of the RBL Blyth were joined by Blyth MP Ian Levy at Blyth Cenotaph to commemorate the founding of the RBL 100 years ago.

Members of the Blyth branch of the Royal British Legion came together for a socially-distanced event to lay floral tributes at the town’s Cenotaph.

Among those invited to attend were Blyth Valley MP Ian Levy.

Last Saturday marked 100 years since the organisation was formed.

The Royal British Legion – which has 235,000 members and 110,000 volunteers – is at the heart of a national network that supports the Armed Forces community, providing life-long support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.

The Royal British Legion is currently seeking new collectors in parts of Northumberland for this year’s centenary Poppy Appeal – including the Blyth and Cramlington areas.

The charity lost £20million in donations after face-to-face collections were cancelled for the first time in its history due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

In addition, many volunteers decided to step down during the pandemic.

Louise Price, community fund-raiser for Northumbria and North Tyneside, said: “We really want to thank everyone across our region who got involved and supported the Poppy Appeal in 2020, and although we are only in May, work is already in progress for this year’s appeal.

“The RBL’s work is even more vital than ever as we support people from all generations who have new hardships as a result of Covid-19, which has had a devastating impact on people’s livelihoods right across the area, leaving some in our Armed Forces community in dire need of help.

“All those who volunteer will receive lots of support and enjoyment from taking part.”

Anyone who would like to get involved this year should email [email protected]