Legion facilities are proving popular reports chairman

THE CLUB at Helen Street is like the proverbial duck, calm and serene above the water line but going like the clappers below.

The function facilities are forever being booked and the Saturday night dancing appears to getting more popular at the moment as the numbers are increasing. The women’s section have been extremely busy catering for various functions and a reminder that the OAPs Christmas dinner and dance will be run for two sittings on December 7 and 14 at 5 p.m.

These have always proved to be very popular, so OAP members, get down to the club and get your tickets because they will be available soon.

Once again the club has excelled in the sports and the following competitions were won over the last few weeks:

On Sunday, September 2, Ken Phillips won the club cribbage competition with Digger Stupart runners-up.

The area cribbage doubles competition at Dunkeld was won by the Arbroath team of Ken Phillips and Don McIvor.

On October 13, area men’s darts at Crieff was won by Arbroath and on October 22, area dominoes at Blairgowrie was won by Arbroath.

Club manager, Scott Berrie, has worked wonders with the new pool tables, having set them up and they are proving to be very popular.

It is fair to say that the sports bar facilities are exceptionally good and Scott and his hard working team behind the bar provide a great atmosphere in the club for all to enjoy.

The chairman, Paddy Quinlan and national president of the woman’s section, Annie Ogilvie, were invited to a regimental dinner by the Royal Marines Association to celebrate the 347th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

There were over 70 at the function and all enjoyed a fine meal and great music amongst superb company.

We have often been asked about the various service associations, especially at this time of the year when the standards are prominent at the parades and services.

In broad terms, the Royal British Legion Scotland is the main organisation that officially represents former service personnel.

There are then the various regimental or corps associations such as the Black Watch Association, Royal Artillery Association, Royal Navy Association and the Royal Marines Association, who are officially recognised by their respective service arm and have their own legitimate standard.

They are the main associations in this area but should anyone have a query they should contact the Legion in Helen Street.

And finally Paddy Quinlan, Annie Oglvie, Derek Scott, Colin Macdonald and Mike Fletcher, were fortunate to represent the Legion at the opening of the 45 Commando’s Memorial Garden.

It is a fitting memorial to those who have given their lives whilst serving in 45 Commando.

The official opening was on November 11 when the Commando paraded with the families of the deceased, who had been invited to the opening.

It was a quiet and moving ceremony in a wonderful and fitting setting.

Paddy Quinlan, branch chairman