New era for legion

4/6/2011'Tring and Berkhamstead Royal British Legions have merged.  Air Marshall Sir Michael Simmons, left, is photographed with Tring members and on the right are Berkhamsted members with Chairman Keith Bayliss.
4/6/2011'Tring and Berkhamstead Royal British Legions have merged. Air Marshall Sir Michael Simmons, left, is photographed with Tring members and on the right are Berkhamsted members with Chairman Keith Bayliss.
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TWO Royal British Legion branches have merged after existing for scores of years as separate entities.

The Berkhamsted and Tring groups were celebrating their union at a party on Saturday.

During the event at their Berkhamsted High Street base, popular music was played by Hemel Hempstead legion president Bernie Kelly and guests enjoyed a tasty buffet.

The Berkhamsted club’s vice-chairman Jim Wright said: “It was a beautiful day and went down really well.

“Tring club president Sir Michael Simmons has now written to us thanking us for the great day.”

Celebrations will continue on Sunday – this time, to mark the Berkhamsted group’s 90th anniversary.

The 12-hour celebration will be at the Berkhamsted base from 11am to 11pm.

Army and air cadets will parade outside at 11.15am, and a giant cake will be raffled off to raise cash for the club.

Its three oldest members, who are also 90, will unveil a plaque on its outside wall that reads ‘This club is 90.’

Another will be unveiled that reads the name of the new merged legion branch – the Berkhamsted and Tring District Royal British Legion.

There will be also a barbecue, music from the 1950s and 1960s, and a chance to pick up a form to join the club, which is open to everybody.