Merlin aims to magic up a legion revival

AN EX-SERVICEMAN is on a one-man crusade to resurrect an important group in Worle. Merlin Parrington, of Magpie Close, Mead Vale, is asking volunteers to come forward to help him restart the Worle branch of the Royal British Legion. Mr Parrington, who is

AN EX-SERVICEMAN is on a one-man crusade to resurrect an important group in Worle.Merlin Parrington, of Magpie Close, Mead Vale, is asking volunteers to come forward to help him restart the Worle branch of the Royal British Legion.Mr Parrington, who is the former secretary of the Weston branch and fought in the army in World War Two, said: "My wife had a letter from a friend in Middlesex saying she was trying to resurrect a Royal British Legion branch there."This led me to think it was my duty, as an ex-serviceman, to do the same thing."My father helped get the first Weston branch of the Royal British Legion going and I thought it was necessary for me to do something myself for ex-servicemen."But now we just need people to come forward and we need to get official backing."The Worle Branch of the Royal British Legion closed in March because of a lack of volunteers. But Mr Parrington is looking for residents in Worle, as well as ex-servicemen and women, to come forward to help re-build the charity, which used to meet at St Mark's Church in St Marks Road.For the group to re-start there would need to be a proper committee and if enough volunteers are found Mr Parrington will have to present a case before a Royal British Legion panel in Bridgwater.Ex-servicemen and women may be able to benefit from services like respite care and financial assistance if they join the group but members of the public who have never been in the armed forces can also join.If anyone can help Mr Parrington in his mission they should call him on 01934 522018.


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