The Royal British Legion in Stafford were presented with a scroll from the Mayor to mark the granting of the Freedom of the Borough to the organisation in recognition of its services to past and present members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families.
At the council meeting on Tuesday the Mayor, presented the ‘Freedom’ scroll to George Wright, the Honorary Chairman of the Stafford Branch of the RBL, to commemorate the award.
The Stafford branch is celebrating its centenary year having been established in July 1921 and is one of the oldest in the county. It provides financial, social, and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families.
The council has the power to confer honorary ‘Freedom’ to people or organisations that have given eminent services to the borough. The proposal to honour the Legion was unanimously agreed by councillors earlier this year – with council leader, Patrick Farrington, describing it as a “fitting honour.” The leather-backed scroll is inscribed with the citation describing the award and features the borough Coat of Arms and the organisation’s membership badge. An entry was also made in the Freedom ‘roll of honour’ book.
The Reverend John Davies, on behalf of the Stafford branch, said: “It is a great honour you have bestowed upon us, and we accept it with great pride.”
Other notable recipients of the award include the 22 Signal Regiment of the British Army and Tactical Supply Wing of the RAF which are based in Stafford. The last person to receive the honour from the borough council was Olympic gold-medal canoeist, Joe Clarke in 2016.
(photograph courtesy of Paul Milgate-Scarrott)