Veteran appeals to Worle

PUBLISHED: 12:30 19 November 2010

Worle High St Remembrance Service 2010

Worle High St Remembrance Service 2010


AN EX-SERVICEMAN says it is 'all talk and no action' when it comes to resurrecting an important group in Worle.

Merlin Parrington, of Magpie Close in Mead Vale, is asking volunteers to come forward to help him restart the village’s branch of the Royal British Legion.

Mr Parrington, who is the former secretary of the Weston and Banwell branches of the nationwide organisation and fought in the army in the army across the world for 12 years, says he already has about 10 people interested in setting up a Worle group again, but he needs 30 before it can be officially considered.

The former Worle branch ran until about 20 years ago, but folded because of the age of its members.

Mr Parrington, who has been the Royal British Legion representative at the village’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations in the High Street for the past seven years, feels the branch needs resurrecting to enable the annual ceremony to continue successfully.

The 82-year-old said: “I would like to instil in villagers how important it is to have a branch.

“This year was my last officially representing the RBL at the High Street service, so to not have someone from the organisation there would not be the same.

“It doesn’t have to be people connected with the armed forces who step forward, it could be any member of the community.”

Mr Parrington is looking for residents in Worle, as well as ex-servicemen and woman to come forward to help re-build the branch, which used to meet at St Mark’s Church.

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 go before an RBL panel in Bridgwater to see if his plans can go ahead.

Ex-servicemen and women may be able to benefit from service 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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