Top award given to Bute Legion branch

Members of the Royal British Legion Scotland's Isle of Bute branch - winners of the organisation's Kirkennan Cup for the small branch of the year.
Members of the Royal British Legion Scotland's Isle of Bute branch - winners of the organisation's Kirkennan Cup for the small branch of the year.

The Isle of Bute branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland has been chosen as the organisation’s ‘small branch of the year’ in recognition of its work in the community.

The Kirkennan Cup was presented to the branch at the annual conference of the RBLS in Perth.

The cup is presented annually to the branch with between one and a hundred members “which, during the year, is judged to have been the most efficient and progressive in all aspects of Legion activities”.

The Isle of Bute branch, which was resurrected four years ago after a long spell of inactivity, now has 82 members and has organised Christmas and Easter markets in the town as well as co-ordinating Bute’s contribution to the annual Armed Forces Day events across the UK.

The branch also runs a small shop in Deanhood Place in Rothesay which acts as a drop-in centre for those in need of the Legion’s assistance as well as a place to buy RBLS merchandise.

David Boe, the Bute branch’s chairman, said: “The award is a great reflection, not only of the branch itself but also of the community on Bute for the support people give us.

“It’s a great honour, but we couldn’t have achieved it without the island’s support.”