Town bids a fond farewell to women of the Legion

Final ever event for Clare Royal British Legion Women's Section ANL-160926-004007009
Final ever event for Clare Royal British Legion Women's Section ANL-160926-004007009

The women’s section of Clare Royal British Legion bade farewell to the town on Sunday - after 68 years’ service - with a parade and church service including local organisations.

The section is closing after the decision to integrate women’s sections with the rest of the organisation to cut costs.

Final ever event for Clare Royal British Legion Women's Section ANL-160926-004033009

Final ever event for Clare Royal British Legion Women's Section ANL-160926-004033009

Sheila Martin, branch president and secretary, said: “It will be a sad day for everyone involved with the section.

“We will end with lots of happy memories of money we’ve raised, while we’ve had some very good speakers at our monthly meetings.

Mrs Martin has been involved with Clare Royal British Legion for more than 50 years, along with several members of her family.

She added: “My father Harry Ellingham was involved in the men’s section, my mum Kathleen Ellingham was a standard bearer, and my daughter Elaine Martin is the current standard bearer. There are also several mother-and-daughter relationships in the branch.”

Final ever event for Clare Royal British Legion Women's Section ANL-160926-004021009

Final ever event for Clare Royal British Legion Women's Section ANL-160926-004021009

Final ever event for Clare Royal British Legion Women's Section ANL-160926-004047009

Final ever event for Clare Royal British Legion Women's Section ANL-160926-004047009

Final ever event for Clare Royal British Legion Women's Section ANL-160926-004139009

Final ever event for Clare Royal British Legion Women's Section ANL-160926-004139009