Hugh MacInnes has become Fort William and District branch’s new president, having served as vice-chairman since 2014 and chairman more recently. 

Hugh has worked hard for the benefit of the branch and its members not only as chairman but also by assisting all other committee members in their duties, including for summer parties, Christmas dances, comradeship and sporting events, the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance. 

Hugh is also very active on the Highlands and Islands area council as vice-chairman there, and with that he became a member of the National Board of Trustees. 

At the AGM, Hugh was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his work on behalf of the branch by the new chairman, James Porter. 

Also in recent times, the branch has shown its support for the Lochaber Sea Cadets. On 19 March, Hugh presented a cheque for £200 to PO (SCC) Campbell, who commands the cadets. This was the branch’s way of thanking the cadets for the support that they have shown to the wider veteran community, particularly over the Remembrance fortnight where they are out with the Scottish Poppy Appeal. They also play a key role on the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday, when they support the branch members throughout the day at the annual sunrise to sunset vigil held at the war memorial. 

PO (SCC) Campbell remarked, "We support the branch in any way we can and believe it is vital to maintain a link between our youth and our veterans, so much so that the Sea Cadets through Fort William and District branch of Royal British Legion Scotland are the poppy organisers for the Lochaber area and we will proudly continue to do so. [The] £200 is a massive boost for us and we thank the branch for their generosity.”