Members of the Royal British Legion Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Stevenston branch have enjoyed a busy few weeks, starting with their Armed Forces Day celebration.

And the event was quickly followed with a trip to the King's Garden Party in Edinburgh for a couple of Legion branch members.

Armed Forces Day in the Three Towns was marked by a short service at Saltcoats War Memorial, followed by refreshments in Saltcoats Masonic, where the Legion hosted members of the community to say thank you for their support.

Branch president Paul Coffey said: "We would not be able to do as much as we do for the veteran's community and their families without support from the community. The Masonic was packed with the Legion laying on food and entertainment.

"Thanks goes to North Ayrshire Council for managing to ensure the roadworks at the memorial roundabout were completed early allowing access to Saltcoats War Memorial. Also, thanks to Saltcoats Masonic Social Club for hosting us and the lovely food."

At the King's Garden PartyAt the King's Garden Party (Image: Contributed)

Meanwhile, a couple of hard-working branch members were honoured with an invite to the Kings Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh at the start of the month.

Andy and John, accompanied by their spouses, had a special memorable day as these photos show.

Meetings of the Legion branch are held on the second Thursday of the month, at 7pm for 7.30pm at Ardrossan Indoor Bowling Club, in Glasgow Street.

You don't have to be ex-forces to join them. Their aims are to help veterans, their families and carers, but also to offer representation, comradeship and fun.

Paul said: "We are a charity so feel free to come along to a meeting to see the range of activities and business your local branch volunteers are involved with, including prison, nursing home and hospital visits, home visits and trips out. We are also involved with other charities.

"We also have a much less formal Breakfast Club, not linked to the Legion which welcomes veterans and friends for a cuppa and a chat ( There's no paperwork or money involved in joining us at the Melbourne Cafe, 72 Hamilton Street, Saltcoats.

"If you are a veteran your first cuppa is free. Beware, the banter may be as bad as you remember from when you served."

He added: "According to the most recent census there are over 1,000 veterans in the Three Towns, some from National Service days, and even more if you include West Kilbride.

"The SAS Branch has members from all over, including Fife, Glasgow, Perth, Irvine, Paisley, Kilmarnock, Kilwinning, South of the Border as well as our local heroes. So, all are welcome."