Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Stevenston Legion Branch accompanied by a few Irvine Legion members recently enjoyed a trip down south to the National Memorial Arboretum which is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance with a maturing 150-acre Arboretum.

For some it’s a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy the trees; for others it’s a peaceful and beautiful place to remember loved ones, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The trees and the more than 300 dedicated memorials on the site make the Arboretum a living tribute that will forever acknowledge the personal sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and civil services of this country.

Legion branch member Jim Smith said: “I had a lovely time with some great people who all helped me relax and come out of my shell, feeling like the old me again was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed socialising with everyone, sharing old military stories and feeling part of the community again."

Trip Organiser and branch Secretary, Boab McDougall said: “Our visit could not have gone any better, arriving at the National Arboretum in plenty of time for those who wanted to join the Northern Ireland Veterans Association service.”