Happy birthday, Royal British Legion

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A ROYAL British Legion club has just celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Members of the Berkhamsted venue held a 12-hour party on Sunday to mark the special occasion.

The 11am to 11pm event was kicked off with a parade by the town’s army and air cadets.

Three 90-year-old war veterans - Sid Smith, George Palfrey and Ray Ruddick (left, inset) – unveiled a plaque outside that reads, ‘This club is 90.’

Another was unveiled that reads, ‘the Berkhamsted and Tring District Royal British Legion’ - formed by a merger of the two town branches.

There was a barbecue, 1950s and 1960s music and a cake raffle that made the club £69.

Berkhamsted club vice-chairman Jim Wright said: “It was pouring with rain and absolutely soaking.

“We had the barbecue in the rain outside and people had to rush out for their food and then quickly get back inside.

“But it was absolutely packed - we could not move in the club. It was fantastic.”

Anyone can join Berkhamsted’s Royal British Legion by picking up a membership form from the club, which is just off High Street.

It’s open from 11am to 2.30pm on weekdays, 11am to midnight on Saturdays, midday to 3.30pm on Sundays and on 5pm to midnight on most nights.