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Fury over legion flags in Scotland

John Bell MBE,aggrieved over a decision to relocate legion Scotland standards

John Bell MBE,aggrieved over a decision to relocate legion Scotland standards

 

A row has erupted that threatens veterans marching at the annual Bo’ness Armistice parade - which has also involved the police.

The situation arose after the two ‘flags’ used by branch members - known as the Queen’s Colour and the Branch Standard - were hijacked by a former Chairman who refused to hand them back.

John Bell, MBE, an award presented by Her Majesty for 52 years service to the Royal British Legion, was stunned when previous branch member, John MacKintosh decided to retain both items of official regalia.

The dispute, which reached Legion Scotland (formerly the Royal British Legion) headquarters in Edinburgh appears to have been resolved after a decision was taken by the Area Secretary to take custody of them.

Mr MacKintosh could not be contacted for comment as we went to press.

Mr Bell said: “I am disgusted that having been the standard bearer for over 40 years, that it, and the Queen’s Colour are no longer in my safe possession for use at members funerals and to enable us to parade with full dignity on Armistice day.

A spokesperson for Legion Scotland said: “There was a dispute between two individuals in Bo’ness over who should control the the two flags used on ceremonial duty. This has now been resolved and the flags will be kept in safe keeping by the Area Secretary given that the Bo’ness branch has now been the subject of a formal dissolution process.

 

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