Falmouth without Royal British Legion branch
FALMOUTH is without a branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) after more than 100 years after a decision was made to disband it.
Several members of the branch have criticised the county branch for not doing more to save it.
A special meeting was held last week in a bid to bring back the branch management to Falmouth.
It had been overseen by the county branch since last year following a mass resignation of officers.
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Nominations had be in for the seven positions prior to the meeting, but only five people put their names forward.
As a result, a decision was made to abolish the branch and members were given the option of joining the Penryn branch.
Member John Kirby said: "The decision had already been made and the only choice the members had was to join Penryn, this would not be known as Penryn and Falmouth. In one stroke, without discussion, (it is) eliminating 100 years of the RBL in Falmouth.
"Many of the members were close to tears with the decision."
Di Engleheart, who put herself forward for the committee said: "I feel destroyed and let down."
"If the legion was honourable and caring they could have let us know before the meeting that not enough nominations had been made.
"We could have got more people."
But Steve Lewis, RBL county chairman, said the branch could still be re-formed and it would support any move to do so.
"For various reasons it has become non-viable to continue the Falmouth RBL branch in its current form," he said.
"Members have been assured that if they can form a full and viable branch committee at some time in the future, the county will be delighted to assist in re-forming."
A meeting is to be held on Tuesday at 7pm in the Arwenack Club to discuss the situation and all Falmouth branch members are invited.