A social group for veterans and members of the emergency services has been set up in Burnley.
The Burnley and District Services’ Club was set up to fill a void in the Burnley area to cater for the large amount of veterans who wanted somewhere to meet socially.
The group was formed by veterans Keith Shepherd and John Wilson, and has weekly coffee mornings and quiz nights.
Keith, who served in the Royal Corps of Transport and the TA, said: “After researching local and surrounding areas, John and I found there was a need for such a club.
“When in the Armed Forces, a lifetime bond of loyalty is forged never to be broken and we become a ‘Band of Brothers’. This bond continues when returning to civilian life.
“In any situation where a veteran may need help and support it will always be given selflessly out of respect and loyalty for other veterans. We founded this club for the very same reasons.”
Another man, Ben Robinson, has also joined the board, and the club is also part of the Military Covenant in Burnley.
Coffee mornings are held every Tuesday from 10am to noon and a quiz night every Wednesday from 8pm in Burnley Miners’ Club, Plumbe Street.
It is open for all veterans of the Armed Forces, and all emergency services, as well as their friends and family. Serving members are also welcome.
Due to growing interest there is now a second coffee morning at Molly Rigby’s in Padiham every Wednesday from 10am to noon. The group is also planning to run activities such as crown green bowling, workshops and day trips.
Member Pete Holmes has completed a sponsored bike ride to raise funds while John Wilson and Michelle Kelly will be doing the Pendle 10k run.
Keith added: “We hope all veterans, young and old, will come along to give their support in making the club a success.”
For further information visit www.badsc.co.uk or call Keith on 07794874036.