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Profile of Remembrance - The British Legion


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Colour Pictorial


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Date Released
24 Oct 1968
Date recorded
10 Oct 1968
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  1. 1Profile of Remembrance - The British Legion


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Pathe synopsis: Pathe Pic looks at Britain’s most nostalgic charity and finds that it has a surprisingly modern outlook. The British Legion is famous for its attentions to the needs of the disabled survivors of two world wars. As Sir Oliver Leese, the President, explains, it’s also concerned with men who fought in more recent trouble spots: Malaysia, Cyprus, Korea, Aden. It’s also paying for young boys and girls to go Outward Bound on Dartmoor. The Legion’s other charitable enterprises include the taxi-driver’s training school at Brixton, London, the Cambrian pure Welsh tweed factory at Llanwrtyd Wells, Breconshire, and the famous British Legion village at Maidstone where Legion pensioners are quite literally concerned with manufacturing signs of our times - the new continental road signs for Britain’s roads. More traditionally the women workers - widows and other dependents of ex-servicemen - make Christmas crackers, giving a deft demonstration of how the insides of a cracker actually gets inside a cracker. But the heart of the Legion’s business is fund raising. At the Factory of Remembrance in Richmond, three hundred men work all the year round making the thirty million poppies that are sold during one week in November. The money raised - and the Legion needs £1_ million this year - is spent mainly in pensions, grants, and welfare. We visit two famous Legion homes, Crossfield House in the Welsh border country, an idyllic hill and woodland country home where those who cannot work can spend time reflecting amongst old comrades and new friends, where stars like Jack Warner drop in to pay compassionate courtesy to those who would rather be remembered for what they are and need rather than for what they did.
War veterans; Fundraising; Performing arts; Newsreels
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Pathe Colour Pictorial Lobby Cards   Used for synopsis
Wilfrid Thomas
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