Probus guest ‘Mr Legion’

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Forfar Probus gave Charlie Brown a particularly warm welcome as their speaker on Tuesday.

He outlined his own career and gave the club an insight into the working and aims of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Charlie has been a military man most of his life, signing up in 1965 with REME, serving in W.Germany, Malaysia and Singapore.

He was promoted to L/Cpl in physical training, Staff Sgt in military training in 1972, dealing with new adult recruits to the army of the Rhine and finishing as Sgt Major in the electrical engineers after 23 years service.

In ‘civvy street’ he served for many years as Angus Council officer, escorting the Provost on official occasions.

He also joined the Legion and has served in all Branch positions, Angus & Perth Council and this year takes up the role of National Vice-Chairman.

Charlie is ‘Mr Legion’ as far as many Forfarians are concerned and Probus have felt at home using the Academy Street premises for their meetings and annual lunches for the last five years.

He is proud of the organisation, serving 33,000 ex-service men and women in 170 branches from Lerwick to Dumfries, providing fellowship, practical support, disablement pensions and promoting remembrance each year for fallen comrades.

The picture shows, from left- Greig Mitchell who gave the vote of thanks, Charlie Brown and President Bill Bruce.