Award for Bognor Regis sailors

A proud day for the Bognor branch of the Royal British Legion who were awarded the Briggs Trophy. Left to right Brothers Colin and Richard Holden, Joe Robinson and Jim Peskell.'''C111809-1 Bog Naval  Photo Louise Adams
A proud day for the Bognor branch of the Royal British Legion who were awarded the Briggs Trophy. Left to right Brothers Colin and Richard Holden, Joe Robinson and Jim Peskell.'''C111809-1 Bog Naval Photo Louise Adams

Shipmates from Bognor Regis have received their first national award for 25 years.

The members of the town’s branch of the Royal Naval Association are the latest winners of its Briggs Trophy.

This is awarded annually to the country’s fastest growing branch of 30 or less members.

The branch’s rapid increase by nine members in the past year has taken it to a strength of 37.

Treasurer Richard Holden, 84, and his brother, chairman Colin Holden, 76, helped to found the branch in 1986.

He said: “You come out of the navy and don’t want to know about the RNA because you’ve had so much of it.

“But, after a while, people want to get back into it and they join us.

“We talk about the ships we have served on and places we have visited.”

The branch reached 100-plus members before a decline to just ten about five years ago from which it has rebounded.

Most meetings are held on the first Tuesday monthly at the Royal British Legion in Clifton Road.