Legion plaque for Gosberton

The unveiling of the plaque at Gosberton. Photo: SG180911-16MD
The unveiling of the plaque at Gosberton. Photo: SG180911-16MD
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THE 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion was the impetus Gosberton & District branch of the organisation needed to make its presence known in the parish.

A plaque was put up in Gosberton church hall in a ceremony attended by the director general of the organisation, Chris Simpkins, who lives in Quadring and is a member of the Gosberton & District branch.

Chairman Gene Waterfall said: “We have got to 90 and there was nothing in Gosberton or Clough and Risegate to say we have a legion.”

Howard Palmer, who had been a branch member for 64 years, serving as president, chairman and in other roles, died earlier in the year aged 85 and his family gave funds in his memory to cover the cost of the plaque.

Harold’s daughter Sue Simpson and son Stuart Palmer were unable to attend the official ceremony, so a party will be held for family members later in the year. Sadly, one of the instigators of the plaque, Margaret East (59), died hours before the ceremony.