Mablethorpe’s British Legion has bade farewell to popular chairman Terry Twelvetrees who has been at the legion helm for 30 years.
At the local Royal British Legion’s recent AGM, the announcement of Terry’s departure was made and it was revealed that he will be replaced by 59-year-old Col Sweeney.
Col, an ex-serviceman himself, said he was ‘very proud’ to be taking up the role.
“When Terry decided to call it a day I said I’d be happy to stand and I was then elected through a ballot,” said Col.
“I served in the military for 32 years so I feel I have a strong understanding of the sorts of things we can be doing.
“I’m pleased to be able to give something back to the community and to ex-servicemen.
“My role is to steer the organisation and committee forward into the New Year and ensure we continue to have a good, strong presence.“
“As an organisation we are doing very well at present with around 85 members, but a lot of people are still unaware that we are around.”
Mark Reddin, Poppy Appeal Organiser for Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to Terry Twelvetrees for his committed service to our branch over the last 30 years.
“He has been an outstanding chairman, but unfortunately due to ill health, Terry has stepped down and will be replaced by Col Sweeney.
“Terry is very well known and liked in our community and Col will certainly have some big shoes to fill.”
Mark also said the new chairman Col is eager to get to grips with future challenges within the role.
He said: “Col is looking forward to the challenge and with the help of the branch committee, he is hoping to move things forward and improve membership numbers, while engaging and interacting with the community.”
The Mablethorpe Branch and its poppy collectors have worked hard this year and its with their thanks to the support of the public that the legion has raised a fantastic £16,758.17 for the Poppy Appeal.
Mark Added: “We are looking forward to the future and working hard to support the Poppy Appeal and support our fellow comrades.
“There are some exciting times ahead for Mablethorpe Royal British Legion.”
Has Terry been a part of your life during his time at the British Legion? Email your farewell messages to firstname.lastname@example.org.