NEWS & EVENTS
Acts of Remembrance 2021
Acts of Remembrance were held around District North Spain this Remembrancetide, some on Armistice Day, 11th November, others on Remembrance Sunday, 14th November. You can find detail of these commemorations on our dedicated page.
Branch News & Events
Since our Branches started meeting again as we emerged from lockdown, there's more going on than ever, so we've created a new Branch News page to give you some idea of what they get up to - why not have a look and consider joining your local branch to take part in its activities.
Poppy Appeal Launch 2021
This year’s Poppy Appeal Launch in District North Spain took place in Benidorm on Saturday 16th October 2021. For more details, visit this page.
Torrevieja Branch - Helping in the Hour of Need
A story by Reggie Winks, BCSR Torrevieja Branch RBL
From a desperate telephone call for help, "What can I do ? I don’t know what to do, I don’t think I can cope!" The reply, "One question, where are you ? I am on my way."
So the story unfolds, the young wife of a veteran, a corporal ex-R.C.T. was placed in an unbelievable situation at the Quiron Hospital, Torrevieja, Spain. She was told that nothing more could be done for her husband and lifesaving medication and machinery would be withdrawn.
She had no access to funds, no will, the house was in her husband's name, no funeral or insurance plan in place. Through our trusted network of companies, within 24 hours, we were able to make funds available to her, a funeral package was put in place and a legal team activated to secure protection for the widow.
More importantly, support and help from RBL Torrevieja was the motivation and strength that was needed to enable this wonderful young lady to find the courage to assemble family and friends together, so as to ensure that her late husband was honoured and laid to rest with respect and dignity.
May he rest in peace.
The Royal British Legion are here for you today, tomorrow and in the future.
SERVICE NOT SELF
Orihuela Costa and District Branch News
Military Museum welcome for The Royal British Legion
What a terrific visit to Cartagena Military Museum by the Orihuela Costa Branch of the Royal British Legion last Thursday.
Attended by over 35 members and arranged for the Branch by historian Dr Tony Fuller, the visitors were welcomed to the Military museum by the Officer Commanding, Major Antonio Martinez, who stayed with the party for the whole of the tour.
The party was briefed by the OC following which they were split into three groups and shown around the museum, which continues to be a functioning military unit, by Tony, and fellow researcher Lt Col (Retd) Antonio Cortiña
Set on two floors the museum has an absolute horde of all things military, from all 3 services, including anti-aircraft and shore battery guns, projectiles, hand weapons, swords, knives, artillery shells and all manner of uniforms, documentation, flags, dating back many hundreds of years.
It even includes the world’s largest private collection of military models, put together by one individual who unfortunately passed away last year, although continued by his son.
All of the exhibits are housed in a beautiful building which, completed in 1876, is well worth a visit for its beautiful architecture alone, vaulted ceilings, built with brick on spherical pillars, in a simple Byzantine style, known today as neo-classical gothic.
An excellent booklet in English can be purchased at the entrance to the building which guides you through the museum room by room, giving a little history and mentioning some of the most important pieces housed in the facility.
Of course not everything went to plan as Tony found himself stuck in the service lift for 15 minutes as the door jammed. However, his rescue was effected fairly quickly so the disruption to the tour was only minimal, even though it attracted more than a few ‘chuckles’.
Following the visit the party were then escorted to La Manga Club where, together with the tour guides, they enjoyed a truly wonderful lunch at La Barra Restaurant, long-time supporters of the RBL.
Needless to say, our Chelsea Pensioner Wayne Campbell was treated like royalty as he posed for photographs with the very accommodating proprietor Michelle Wall and her wonderful staff.
A wonderful visit and a truly memorable day.