Royal British Legion celebrate 90 years in Kirkby

NMAC11-1763-4'RBL Summer Fayre, Kingsway Park, Kirkby'At ease soldiers!  Oliver Warsop and cousin Riley Warsop, right, salute Mick Berry.
NMAC11-1763-4'RBL Summer Fayre, Kingsway Park, Kirkby'At ease soldiers! Oliver Warsop and cousin Riley Warsop, right, salute Mick Berry.
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RESIDENTS young and old turned out for the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) Summer Fayre which took place at Kirkby’s Kingsway Park on Sunday.

The event, which marked the 90th anniversary of the Kirkby RBL, was opened by Ashfield MP Gloria de Piero and one of the highlights of the day was a fly-past by RAF Dakota, which swooped down to around 500ft.

Organiser and chairman of the Kirkby branch Brian Dykes said: “The atmosphere was absolute perfection - it could not have gone better.”

During the day, visitors were able to enjoy displays by the cadets, the RAF and a gun run by the Army.

There was also karate and a tent run by members of the Women’s Institute (WI), who all dressed in 1940s clothes.

Kirkby Welfare Band, the Festival Swing and Dance Society and singers Magenta and Linda Darnell also entertained the crowds.

Brian added: “Everybody got up on the grass and danced. It was a fantastic atmosphere.”

There was a separate area for youngsters with a bouncy castle, slides and stocks to throw wet sponges at people.

And there were plenty of refreshments on offer for the families who had turned out to take advantage of the summer weather, including a beer tent, ice-creams and a hog roast.