The Torremolinos branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) has made an urgent appeal for help in order to save the club from closing next month. The branch, which has been running for more than 30 years and was one of the first on the Costa del Sol, has been struggling to survive over the past few years. Unless new members can be found, it will cease to exist. The Torremolinos branch is also in need of committee members, as well as a new venue where the few surviving members can hold their monthly meeting.
Mary LeCorney has been the branch's chairperson for more than 20 years and she is now hoping to step down if a replacement can be found. Mary, who holds a Life Membership - one of the RBL's most prestigious credits, is also currently acting district secretary, a position she had retired from several years ago.
"I am now 83 years old and would like to retire from office. I am a Life Member of the RBL and would hate to see it disappear, but if we don't find a new venue and attract more interest, the branch will be forced to close," Mary told SUR in English.
Today, the Torremolinos branch has less than 30 members, although only a handful attends the monthly meetings. When Mary first joined the branch in 1989, there were around 150 members, but over the years members have returned to the UK or died and there seems to be no one to replace them.
"We have struggled because we just don't have the people anymore. We only have about 30 members, but most live in the UK now, so only a few people attend the meetings. One of the biggest problems we are facing now is finding a new venue where we can meet," Mary said.
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