A Royal British Legion branch on the outskirts of Salisbury has marked 100 years of service.

The Shrewton and District branch of the Royal British Legion was formed on June 22, 1921.

On Tuesday, they held an anniversary service at St Mary's Church in Shrewton, conducted by the Rev Eleanor Rance, who serves as the Rector of Salisbury Plain Benefice.

The reverend received the 75th Anniversary Pennant in the church, then dedicated the new 100th Anniversary Pennant, approved for issue to qualifying branches, on the standard.

The standard was carried in a procession by the branch's chairman and Standard Bearer Maureen Hansford, and a wreath laid by the branch's president Colonel John Jago.

A sextet from Shrewton Silver Band supported the evening.

Maureen Hansford said: "The silver band played beautifully.

"The branch were so happy to actually be able to do something so normal to celebrate this momentous occasion with all the restrictions there are at the moment."

The Shrewton and District branch was originally known as Shrewton and District Post.

It was a post of the Comrades of the Great War, a national veterans' organisation set up to represent the rights of ex-service personnel of the First World War.

In 1921, the British Legion was formed, and members of the Shrewton post joined various groups around the country in choosing to combine into the legion, which continues its work today.

The British Legion was granted its royal status in 1971, and opened to existing members, not just ex-service people, of Her Majesty's Forces in 1981.

Now membership is open to everyone, whether or not they have a connection to the Armed Forces.

The charity supports the Armed Forces community financially, socially and emotionally.

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