THE book has closed on the story of Helensburgh’s branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland - 22 years after it was formed.

The branch’s flags, or ‘colours’, were lowered for the final time at a small ceremony at Helensburgh Parish Church last weekend, when the colours were received by the church’s minister, the Rev David T. Young.

As previously reported by the Advertiser, the local RBLS branch was wound up last year due to a dwindling number of members.

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As well as providing support, advice and comradeship for armed services veterans – a function still carried out by numerous community and national organisations – the branch’s members were also responsible for organising Helensburgh’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations, a duty which has now passed to Helensburgh Community Council.

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Irene White, the long-serving former chair of the branch, said: “I would like to thank Mr Young and the members of the church for making us feel very welcome.”