Duns RBLS club to close doors after nine decades

The Duns Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) Club will come to an end next month after 91 years.

With a continuing drop in income it is no longer viable to keep the club going.

Following an emergency General Meeting to discuss the club’s future last summer, members voted overwhelmingly to keep it open. But Branch chairman Donald Stokes said that the promised support had not been forthcoming.

He said: “In spite of the support of a nucleus of regular attenders, the weekly income has continued to drop.”

Mr Stokes said that it had been a difficult decision, but that the club will close its doors on June 30.

“This decision has not been arrived at lightly, but only after every avenue has been explored whereby income could be improved,” he added.

While the club will no longer exist, the Duns RBSL branch will continue to operate. The hall and its facilities will continue to be available for hire for private functions such as meetings, dances, and other entertainments.

Current members will continue to be members of the Branch until the end of October, when memberships are due for renewal.

Mr Stokes added: “What the future holds is uncertain, and much may depend on the outcome of the Annual General Conference in Perth in July, when it will be proposed that current restrictions upon membership of the Royal British Legion Scotland should be abandoned, and membership be opened to all. However, in the interim, I very much regret that the Duns Club must close.”