Appeal for support: Vice Chairman Tyrone Jones

THE owners of a Carmarthenshire Royal British Legion club have made an appeal to customers to help support them in order to avoid it’s closure.

The Burry Port club was recently affected by Storm Callum, with damage leading to some areas of the building having to be temporary closed.

Many areas of Carmarthenshire were badly hit by the heavy rain and windy conditions, many roads were closed during the worst floods for the last thirty years.

Speaking to Llanelli Online, Vice Chairman Tyrone Jones said: “The damage was not as first envisaged, it is a sign of a lack of maintenance and up keep and we have had to suspend the use of parts of the club until the work is done.”

Tyrone then went on to talk about the history of the club and how it has slowly gone downwards over the years.

He said: “It has been a very big part of the community for many years and in it’s heyday it was a thriving business with packed houses every weekend.

“In recent years it has seen a downturn, there are many reasons for this but the main problem is the age of the building, it requires a lot of maintenance.

“Sadly due to the age profile of the members of the club, older members are sadly passing away and there is no new blood coming in.”

The club has struggled to find resources to  provide disabled facilities for the many customers it has who are veterans of the war and who  suffer with  disabilities.

The aim of the club is to ensure that remembrance is kept alive and that the sacrifices made by service men and women are never forgotten. The RBL clubs also provide a place where the ex-service community can have a voice and ensure that their concerns are brought to public attention.

The club was opened in 1947 and last year celebrated its 70th anniversary. It houses a large function room upstairs which can hold up to 200 people. There is also a snooker room where teams have played over the years.

The club is located on Station Road in Burry Port. Their contact number is 01554 832216. You can visit their Facebook page here.

What is the Royal British Legion?

The Royal British Legion provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces – past and present and their families. The Legion is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.

Founded in 1921, the Legion is not just about those who fought in the World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.

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