A RETIRED police officer has been selected as Uttoxeter’s new Royal British Legion chairman.
Phil Hudson has lived in Uttoxeter for more than 30 years, most of which have been spend serving as an officer based at Uttoxeter Police Station.
Mr Hudson’s military links, which saw his father served in the Second World War in the Warwickshire Regiment and the King’s Royal Shropshire Light Infantry, inspired him to become a Legion member and help with Poppy Appeal collections.
And he has spoken of his pride at being installed as chairman during the 100th anniversary year of the First World War.
He said: “It is important that we should continue to remember the many hundreds of thousands of men and women who gave their lives, the ultimate sacrifice, so that we could enjoy the freedoms that we have today.
“My dad did not discuss his experiences of war very much with the family and it was only discovered recently, when talking to relatives after the death of an uncle, that he actually had been very badly injured, but had never said.
“This brings home to you the bravery of our loved ones back then and now in recent conflicts.
“It also reminds us of the work that the Royal British Legion does to this day for our ex–servicemen and women and their families.”
Mr Hudson is supported by president Bill Hurst and a newly-elected committee of officers.
They include vice-chairman Gordon Stubbs, honorary secretary Karen Hudson, treasurer Gary Rounds, welfare officer Anne Nicklin and poppy appeal organiser Judith Leedham.
Mr Hudson said: “I’d like to thank sincerely Geoff Morrison and members of the previous committee for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm over the years, which has given a sound foundation on which I and future members can build on.”
Mr Hudson’s first job as chairman is to help in the Legion’s search for new members in the Uttoxeter area.
He said: “There are many young ex-service personnel in the Uttoxeter area and the local branch of the Royal British Legion needs you to continue the tradition.”
More information on how to gain membership is available from Bradley House, the home of the Legion in Uttoxeter.
Among events organised since Mr Hudson took the helm are a centenary lunch at Kingstone Village Hall on August 10.
A guest speaker will appear and a cold lunch, sweets and cheese will be on offer.
Proceeds will be split between the Legion and Poppy Appeal.
Tickets are available from Bradley House.
Kingstone’s Manor Golf Club will also host a golf day, with proceeds again going to the Poppy Appeal.
Anyone who wants to take part or sponsor the event is asked call Judith Leedham on 01889 500272.