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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Large presence at vigil to save Bennet House
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Upwards of 200 people gathered today (Saturday) to hold a vigil to save Bennet House, a Royal British Legion respite centre, from closure.

The centre located on the sea front of Portrush, offered a place for ex service men and veterans to come to in time of need, where various facilities and services are available to them.

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But a recent decision by by the RBL, as part of a Strategic Review, was made without consultation to close the centre, according to veterans.

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A spokesperson has said that; “There’s still time to reverse the decision and that is what we are strongly recommending.”

A large crowd of supporters gathered at noon, including several public representatives.

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DUP Councillor Ivor Wallace said; “A fantastic crowd in Portrush to support Bennet House. A brilliant respite facility that the powers that be in RBL have decided to close. It’s not all over yet.”

Richard Holmes and other UUP members also attended the vigil. “A delegation from the Ulster Unionist Party in attendance today at the Bennet house viglil. Together we must send out a clear message that Bennet house must remain open for those who served in our Armed forces.

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