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Commemoration events take place to mark 100th anniversary of the Royal British Leigion

  RBL members, alongside local dignitaries at Barry Cenotaph.

A series of small commemoration events have taken place across the Vale of Glamorgan to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

A small group, including Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns and MS Jane Hutt gathered at Barry Cenotaph on Saturday to lay wreaths, to coincide with the National Wreath laying.

Across the United Kingdom, the charity marked the exact moment of its formation 100 years ago at 9am with the laying of wreaths on Whitehall in London and other towns, cities and villages across the UK.

St Athan Community Council gathered at the Villages Cenotaph, with a representative saying “Thankyou also for the wonderful words spoken, recognising the vital support we have given, and will continue to give to our Veterans and their families.”

Meanwhile, Llantwit Major Mayor Cllr Gerwyn Thomas and Cllr Gwyn John represented the Town Council, alongside members of the local Royal British Legion to mark the occasion.

Vale of Glamorgan MS Jane Hutt said she was “Thankfully to the Barry Branch for their commitment and service” whilst Vale MP Alun Cairns said “It was a privilege to support the Officers and members of the RBL who support Veterans and their families throughout the year.”

Members of Llantwit Major Town Council and the RBL in Llantwit Major.

In a video message to celebrate the charity’s centenary, the Prince of Wales hailed the Royal British Legion’s “constant” support of the Armed Forces community.

Charles said: “There are few organisations which hold a place at the heart of society in the way the Royal British Legion does.

“For one hundred years, the Royal British Legion has been a constant, through the annual Poppy Appeal, leading the nation in remembrance and providing a life-long commitment to every veteran and their families.

“Therefore, I wanted, above all, to offer my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all those who have helped build this wonderful organisation we know today, and to all those who will be part of its future.”

As part of the National commemoration, Charles’s video led a wealth of tributes from service personnel and members of the Armed Forces community, as well as celebrity supporters including Ross Kemp and Stephen Fry.

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