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Ellon Legion urges members to turn up

By Kirsty Brown

Members of Ellon Legion are being called to action if they want to save their local club from closing.

Ellon Royal British Legion Club will be holding an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to discuss the club's future as a result of its struggling financial situation.

Despite rumours which have been circulating in the town, the decision to close the club has not yet been made and it will be up to members who attend the meeting to decide the club's fate.

The meeting - which has been organised in place of the annual general meeting (AGM) on the advice of Legion Scotland's head office - will give members the opportunity to hear the facts and figures before being presented with options and have their say on what they feel should be the future of the club.

The future of Ellon Legion hangs in the balance. Picture: Phil Harman
The future of Ellon Legion hangs in the balance. Picture: Phil Harman

A number of contributing factors mean that the Club has been struggling to stay afloat of expenses for a number of years, however it has now reached a critical point.

Should the club close, it would affect not only the members but could also impact on the wider community with a number of groups using the Legion as a meeting space as well as people attending events, fundraisers and entertainment hosted at the venue, which is situated under Victoria Hall.

Due to the nature of the club only members will be able to vote on the outcome at the meeting.

The announcement of the EGM on social media was met with sadness from online members of the community, with people commenting that the potential closure was "such a shame" and "very disappointing".

As the fate of the club lies in the hands of the members, the committee are urging all current members to attend the EGM and make their voices heard.

The meeting will take place in the Legion branch on Thursday January 16 at 7.30pm.

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