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The Fylde Coast association for Royal Signals soldiers has been accepted into the national Royal Signals Association.  The association has members from 23-99 years old, and they're currently trying to find out if the 99yr old is the oldest Association member in the country.

The Fylde Coast association for Royal Signals soldiers has been accepted into the national Royal Signals Association. The association has members from 23-99 years old, and they're currently trying to find out if the 99yr old is the oldest Association member in the country.

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A new association for Royal Signals ex-servicemen living on the Fylde coast has been recognised as a formal institution.

And the group is now hoping to buy its own standard, which could cost up to £1,500.

The Fylde Coast Association for Royal Signals is the brainchild of former Royal Signals officer Ernie Howe, who has been elected chairman.

He served in Ireland in 1972, Germany in 1976 and Bahrain in 1968.

He said: “In my work volunteering at the Supporting Our Brave Shop, people have always stopped me and asked about my Royal Signals badge, and it gets them talking.

“It went from there to seeing how many people would be interested in forming an association in Blackpool, which has never been done before, and here we are with our own recognised group.

“I am very pleased with the response we’ve had so far, and now we have a couple of officers on board it’s going really well.”

The group is also looking into whether member 99-year-old Michael Jack is the oldest living Royal Signals Officer.

Mr Howe, 67, said: “It’s the highlight of his month coming here.

“We spend the first half an hour of our meetings going through the formalities, and then we just chit chat and share our stories from the services.

“We have a whole range of experiences here, from signalmen to captains, and all different trades. Our youngest member is 23-years-old.”

The association meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Wainwright Club on Hornby Road, Blackpool.