New president takes over at legion branch

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A NEW president has taken over the helm of a local Royal British Legion.

After decades of service 98-year-old Harry Budden has stepped down as president of the Gosport and Alverstoke Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Councillor Richard Dickson, who served in the navy for 34 years, has taken over at the club.

He is a former Gosport mayor and is currently one of two Conservative Christchurch ward councillors.

Cllr Dickson said: ‘I feel very honoured to be asked to take up this position.

‘It’s not every day one is asked to be president of such an auspicious organisation.

‘I have every intention of being “hands on” and making a positive contribution in every way I can.’

Mr Budden’s involvement with the branch will continue.

He has been elected to the special position of honorary life vice-president.

Anyone interested in joining the branch can visit the club in Brockhurst Road, Gosport.

It is open every evening from 8pm.

Alternatively contact branch chairman Andy Brown at

Branch meetings are held at the club on the last Thursday of each month at 8pm.

All are welcome to attend.