Wem’s Royal British Legion branch has a new president.

Ted Davies was elected onto the board of the Wem Branch this month after he served in the Royal Air Force as a traffic controller and finished his service at RAF Shawbury.

A Rotarian, Mr Davies has been welcomed into the top job at the legion and Rotary and RBL official Phil Moyse welcomed the appointment.

“He has been a successful business man and also has served many years with the Wem and District Rotary Club in which he helped the club raise thousands of pounds for the local community,” said Mr Moyse, who is also a town councillor.

“He was presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship award (PHF) and has recently been presented the PHF Diamond award.

“Christine Saxton, the former chair, is totally dedicated to the Wem branch and has been a remarkable chair over the years; in fact our branch may never have survived if it wasn’t for Christine’s efforts.

“Christine was awarded Wem’s Unsung Hero in 2013 and received the highest Royal British Legion ‘The Gold Badge’ in 2014.

“Her able vice-chair Ann Whitfield has supported Christine and the club throughout. The club now has a Facebook page: Royal British Legion Wem Branch.”

Meanwhile, a Wem RBL member, Alan Chalkley, has recently been accepted as a Chelsea Pensioner.

Mr Moyse added: “He was present at the Remembrance parade in his splendid red uniform and tells us that he is enjoying his new life in London.

“The club wishes him all the best in the future.

“On Saturday, November 10, the Wem Branch held an event in the Town Hall. There were several stalls giving useful information about some of the organisations in Wem.

“The whole event was well-supported by the public and we thank them for their generosity and support.

“The town shops and people of Wem are to be congratulated for their fabulous support on the momentous Remembrance they gave our fallen servicemen and women who perished 100 years ago in the First World War.

“There were poppies displayed in every shop and church in town the high street was packed to the hilt with people.”