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.

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.