THE four Basingstoke branches of the Royal British Legion gathered in War Memorial mark alongside the town's mayor on Saturday (May 15), to mark the organisation's 100th anniversary.

The country's largest Arms Forces charity, which has 236,000 members and 110,000 volunteers, offers support to members and ex-members of the Armed Forces and their families.

It was first set up on May 15 1921 and, to mark the centenary, a special celebration was held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall yesterday.

Meanwhile in at the Basingstoke War Memorial, Mayor of Basingstoke Cllr Diane Taylor met with members from the Basingstoke & Overton, Old Basing & District, Bramley & District and Tadley & District branches to mark the centenary.

Posting on Twitter afterwards, Cllr Taylor wrote: "The four Basingstoke and Deane branches of the @PoppyLegion joined us at the war memorial to mark the 100th Anniversary of this great organisation.

"We salute them."