THE Ammanford branch of the Royal British Legion has been saved following serious concerns about its future.

Major Ken Burton, President of the Ammanford branch, had revealed to the Guardian last month that the group was facing a serious risk of closure due to a shortage of members.

A meeting was held last week to try and rescue the branch and secure a new committee for the group.

Mr Burton said: "Following last Tuesday evening's very successful special meeting of the Ammanford Roya British Legion Branch, I am pleased to report that we have secured the future of the Branch with a new committee of enthusiastic younger veterans being formed.

It will be our century year in 2021 and it is a milestone we all would like to reach as one of the oldest organisations in the town.”

"We are holding our monthly meeting on Tuesday the 16th at 7pm in the Great Western Hotel."

The branch was formed in 1921 shortly after the Royal British Legion itself, and annual meetings were originally held in a house in Talbot Road.

The group continued to thrive over the decades and now meet once a month at Ammanford Indoor Bowls after the Legion Hall was sold off and subsequently demolished.

The branch run the town’s annual Poppy Appeal, raising £17,500 last year alone, as well as the annual remembrance service and parade.