Duns memorial wins award in RBLS campaign

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Duns war memorial has picked up a prestigious award at the annual Best Kept War Memorial campaign run by the Legion Scotland (Royal British Legion Scotland).

The Duns memorial was named the best ‘large community with gardens’ and representatives from the local branch will pick up the trophy on behalf of all its members at a presentation ceremony in Edinburgh.

Legion Scotland has run the awards for over 40 years as part of its remembrance programme, encouraging communities to look after their war memorial in tribute to those in their region who died whilst serving their country.

Thomas Dunse from the Duns branch of Legion Scotland said: “Our war memorial is a fitting tribute to the local service men and women who gave their lives for our country. It is a reminder of the sacrifice many people in our area made in order to protect the lives of future generations and it’s important that we ensure it is looked after and well kept.

“To win this award is fantastic and we were delighted to receive it.”

The awards consist of six other categories; champion of champions; small community with gardens; war memorial without gardens; satellite war memorial with gardens; satellite war memorial without gardens; and new entry.

Kevin Gray MM, chief executive officer, Legion Scotland said: “We always get a fantastic response from our local branches for the Best Kept War Memorial competition and this year was no different. Remembrance is at the heart of what we do and war memorials are an important aspect of this. We congratulate all the winners for their efforts in preserving these historical landmarks to such a high standard.”

Legion Scotland is the largest ex-service membership charity in Scotland and has always been a separate charity from The Royal British Legion which operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To find out more visit www.legionscotland.org.uk