Legion rides in for audience with Prince

Duke of Edinburgh visit to Defence Intelligence Services Centre at Chicksands

Duke of Edinburgh visit to Defence Intelligence Services Centre at Chicksands

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Two Leighton Buzzard members of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch (RBLR) were amongst the Bedfordshire group of the organisation who were introduced to the Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday.

Prince Phillip attended the Defence Intelligence Services Centre at Chicksands for the passing-out parade of this year’s military students and the annual Corps open day and reunion.

Duke of Edinburgh visit to Defence Intelligence Services Centre at Chicksands

Duke of Edinburgh visit to Defence Intelligence Services Centre at Chicksands

After the parade the Duke, who is their Colonel In Chief, walked about the various stalls – one of which was the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

The Duke spoke to Leightion’s Neil Cairns and Donnie MacLeod, who both had their motorcycles on display, asking them which armed service they had served in and what they did in the RBLR.

Both are ex-RAF and keen members of the RBLR, raising funds all year round for the RBL Poppy Appeal.

Neil said: “The security this year was much stiffer than formerly as we had to provide extra ID to get into the site, and all vehicular movement on the site was banned from 11am to 4pm. When a big helicopter flew in we suspected it might be a ‘Royal’ ”.

> The photos show the Bedfordshire RBLR members – Neil with a grey beard and Donnie with a black beard are in the front row. The other is of the Prince talking to them.

The RBLR branch of the RBL is their biggest, with 6,300 members countrywide.

More details at www.rblr.co.uk“