Deeside veterans’ anniversary

Members of Deeside Veterans Breakfast Club at their first anniversary meeting.
Members of Deeside Veterans Breakfast Club at their first anniversary meeting.

Ex-service personnel who meet monthly in Banchory are celebrating the group’s first anniversary.

Deeside Veterans Breakfast Club has nearly 30 members and is keen to recruit new ones.

The group is particularly reaching out to veterans in the area who may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The Deeside branch meets on the first Sunday of the month from 11am until noon at the Legion Scotland in Banchory’s Ravenswood Ro’ad.

Officials are actively seeking new members from all three services, especially women.

President Chris Collins said they were delighted to be celebrating their first anniversary.

He told the Piper: “It’s a national organisation and there are around 200 veterans breakfast clubs throughout the UK and overseas.

“It started in 2007 and has snowballed. The idea here started in January last year and initially just one guy came along on a Saturday.

“But we decided to change it to a Sunday and other people started coming and now we have around 30 members.”

Chris, who is also a committee member of Banchory Legion, explained that the monthly get-togethers were all about social cameraderie and interservice humour.

He said: “Basically we sit around, have a cup of tea and a bacon roll and have a chat and a good laugh.

“It’s that cameraderie you get in the forces. We have guys who were in Korea who are in their late 80s and 90s, to a guy in his 30s who was in Afghanistan - so there’s a whole spectrum of experiences, Army Navy and RAF.”

The membership is from throughout Deeside - Banchory, Aboyne, Torphins and the surrounding area.

Chris, who served in the Royal Artillery from 1971-85, said they would also like to hear from ex-personnel who may be suffering from PTSD.

He added: “We want to get them into the fold. We don’t want to pressurise them, but make them feel part of the group.

“Once they are comfortable, you can gently point them towards a whole range of specialists and facilities out there. It’s only a phone call away.”

Anyone wanting more information about the breakfast club should contact Banchory Legion on 01330 822347.