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President of the Lytham branch of the British Legion, Jim McCloskey, is calling for new members or they will be forced to close.
President of the Lytham branch of the British Legion, Jim McCloskey, is calling for new members or they will be forced to close.
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A WAR hero has called for the public’s help to save two Fylde branches of a charity serving the Armed Forces.

Both the Warton and Lytham branches of the Royal British Legion, which organises the annual acts of remembrance as well as the Poppy Appeal, are threatened with closure due to dwindling membership.

And 85-year-old Jim McCloskey, a former Royal Marines commando who served in Korea, says new members are needed to continue the organisation’s work.

Mr McCloskey, who is currently president of the Lytham branch, said: “We’re threatened with closure and we don’t want that to happen. We’re all a bit older and at the end of the road so we’d like new people to take over from us.

“Our motto is service not self and we want people to help us to help others because that’s what we’re for.”

Currently the combined branches have just 43 members between them, compared to 65 two years ago.

Kevin Brown, who serves as chairman of both branches, said: “We’re trying to get as many people who have got time and energy to spare.

“Unless someone stands to do these tasks it’s going to cause issues.”

Anyone can join the Royal British Legion, regardless of whether or not they have served in the Armed Forces.

Those interested in joining can attend the Warton and Lytham branches’ annual general meeting at the Chequers Club, Warton, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 21.

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