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Royal British Legion 90th anniversary Abbey Park, Torquay Summer bedding display

TOR2 have in partnership with the Royal British Legion planted up the floral carpet bed at the main entrance to Abbey Park, Torquay with this year’s summer bedding.

The flowerbed design is based on the 90th Anniversary of the Royal British Legion and consists of Begonia Non stop red and white and also Coleus black dragon.

The area has been planted up in advance of the main commemoration date on the 23rd July 2011.

The bed will remain planted up with summer bedding until the end of the summer season.

This year is the 90th Anniversary of the founding of The Royal British Legion and especially the Torquay Branch.

RBL is still the lead charitable organisation in the matter of welfare for those ex-servicemen, women and their dependants in need.

The founding day of the RBL was the 15th May 1921 on which date 700 representatives from the ‘Unity Conference’ went to the cenotaph in Whitehall and laid wreaths in memory of their fallen comrades in the First World War. There were representatives attending from Torquay at the conference and the Torquay Branch is one of the founding branches of the British Legion.

The Torquay Branch of the Royal British Legion has a unique position in that one of the founding members of the branch was Horace Richman and today the Legion celebrates having his daughter Jenny Richman as the President who at 91 years of age is still very much actively involved in the Legion. Jenny’s work with the Legion started as a young girl helping her parents and she has been actively involved in Poppy Appeal fund raising since 1936 and could be considered one of the longest serving supporters of the Appeal.

The poppy appeal is well supported in Torquay with over £40,000 being raised in both 2009 and 2010.

To mark this achievement of 90 years, the RBL will be having the main commemoration on Saturday 23 July. This is in a form of a parade followed by a thanksgiving service at All Saints Church, Babbacombe. These events are then followed by a Tea Party in Coronation Park at which The President of the Royal British Legion, Rear Admiral Richard Cheadle and the Chairman of Torbay Council.