The Royal British Legion

Newquay Royal British Legion Club 'facing closure'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Newquay Royal British Legion Club

Newquay’s much-loved Royal British Legion Club could be forced to close because of debts and falling membership, bosses say.

The club is two years off celebrating its centenary and has launched a fundraising campaign to survive.

It's not only a social space for ex-servicemen but also a venue for other community groups.

Branch chairman Gordon Randall said many members relied on the club and they'd be "very sad indeed" if it closed.

This is a club where you can come and meet friends. It would be very disappointing and upsetting. We've got a member here who is ex-Japanese prisoner of war who comes every Saturday - he's 96 - it's a social club for him."

Branch chairman Gordon RandallChairman, Royal british Legion Club, Newquay

The British Legion said such clubs were run entirely separately from the Royal British Legion’s branches and the charity’s welfare work.

It said the legion had no responsibility for the management of the clubs, which are run as businesses.