Petty squabbles are an insult to Legion’s value

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As the President of the Royal British Legion in Barrowby, I am extremely concerned at the recent reports featured in the Grantham Journal that the club may be closed due to complaints about the noise.

The role of the British Legion is for its volunteers to help raise money, and to support its serving and ex-servicemen and women and their families.

They provide valuable and life-improving aids such as wheelchairs, finance and most importantly visits to service personnel, their widows, widowers at home and in hospital.

A service which sadly is in increasing demand.

To fund these volunteers’ activities requires money, and this is raised by the club in Barrowby and through the Poppy Appeal. The Legion provides a meeting place for service personnel and their families and friends, and they raise funds through various forms of entertainment, which includes live music.

I am sure that those involved at the club are prepared to meet the local authorities in order to work out a sensible solution, whereby fund-raising events can continue with the aid of music.

Barrowby British Legion is reputed the oldest in the country, and hopefully they will be able to continue to provide help to those who have given service to our country, some of whom have laid down their lives so that we can live in peace.

Let us hope that petty squabbles can be overcome for the benefit of the community in Barrowby, and for those to whom we owe such a debt.

Richard Ferens, M.B.E. D.L.

East Yorkshire Regiment