As the Radstock Branch of the Royal British Legion celebrated the centenary of its foundation, West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris planted a tree to mark the milestone.
The Metro Mayor joined Branch members to plant a Rowan tree at the Miner’s Memorial Garden next to the War Memorial in Radstock following a special service at the Church of St. Nicholas.
On the day, the Mayor congratulated the Branch on its first 100 years and said he is sure it would continue to thrive for another 100. He said:
“I am honoured to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion Radstock Branch that has served the area so well since its inaugural meeting in 1922. The critical role the Royal British Legion and its branches plays cannot be overestimated and the vital support and care that they continue to provide our armed forces, military families and veterans across the West of England should always be recognised.
“Just as they were over a century ago, our armed forces have shown throughout the pandemic just how important they are to our national resilience, from helping elderly people with their daily tasks, be that picking up shopping or collecting medicine, to helping deliver the largest vaccination programme ever undertaken in this country’s history. We are truly grateful for their service.
“I thank the Radstock Branch for its steadfast support of the armed forces, veterans and their families in Radstock and its surrounding areas. It is through branches like theirs that we remember those who have gone before us and ensure their memory is never forgotten and continue to shine a light on the important role our Armed Forces continues to play to this day. Here’s to the next 100 years”.