His Majesty King Charles III has sent a letter congratulating a Legion Scotland branch on its centenary year, as members celebrated the moment with a parade, service and concert. Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Stevenson branch had planned a programme of events to bring together the community for its 100th birthday. 

In the week leading up to the main events, a letter from the King arrived. It said: 

“Please convey my warmest thanks to the members of Saltcoats, Ardross and Stevenson branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland for their loyal greetings, sent on the occasion of their 100th anniversary, which is being celebrated today. 

“I was interested in the history of your branch and the recent discovery of your centennial. I was pleased to learn of your continued support of the needs of veterans and their families despite challenging times. 

“I much appreciate your kind words and in return, I send my warmest congratulations to all concerned for a memorable milestone.” 

Paul Coffey, president of the branch, added, “We have so many people to thank for making the day a success and for supporting the Legion now and over the past 100 years.” 

Celebrations continued with events that attracted members, Legion Scotland’s national president, well-wishers and political representatives. A parade, led by the Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band, wound its way along Hamilton Street to St Mary’s Church, via the Saltcoats War Memorial. An interdenominational service of Remembrance and dedication was held at the church, followed by a lunch and evening entertainment at Ardrossan Civic Centre.