New chair­man of Royal Bri­tish Le­gion branch is ex-sap­per

Mick takes over at EK branch

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Lynda Ni­col

A Cam­bus­lang man is the new chair­man of the East Kil­bride Branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

For­mer Royal En­gi­neer Mick Con­nor (47) was in­vited by the le­gion com­mit­tee to take charge of run­ning the branch and so­cial club last month, fol­low­ing the death of long-time chair John Cochrane, who died in March.

Mick, who lives in Cam­bus­lang with wife Su­sanne, is also a for­mer sol­dier.

Af­ter pay­ing trib­ute to the work done by his pre­de­ces­sor over many years, he says his first job is to re-es­tab­lish the branch as be­ing a source of help to vet­er­ans living in the area, a pur­pose very close to John’s heart.

And, to that ef­fect, he has al­ready con­firmed the le­gion so­cial club in the Vil­lage will host the an­nual Armed Forces Vet­er­ans’ Day which will this year take place on Thurs­day, June 25.

Mick said he would also be look­ing at dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out the year to of­fer sup­port to ex-ser­vice per­son­nel who live in the area and re­quire the branch’s ex­per­tise.

A mem­ber of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion for around 20 years, Mick served with the Royal Elec­tri­cal and Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neers for six years in Eng­land and Ger­many be­fore re­turn­ing to civvy street in 1990.

He cur­rently works as a res­i­den­tial child care of­fi­cer with Glas­gow City Coun­cil’s so­cial work depart­ment.

Mick said both he and his wife had known John for many years, Mick through his in­volve­ment with the le­gion, es­pe­cially fol­low­ing the clo­sure of the Cam­bus­lang branch some years ago when he joined the East Kil­bride branch, and through his work with the Army Cadet Force based at East Kil­bride, and their an­nual in­volve­ment in the an­nual Re­mem­brance Pa­rade.

Mick is also for­mer wel­fare of­fi­cer and chair­man of the Rid­ers’ Branch of the Le­gion, a role he stepped down from when tak­ing over the chair­man­ship of the East Kil­bride Branch.

Su­sanne, who served with the Royal In­tel­li­gence Corps from 1996 to 2001 with post­ings to North­ern Ire­land and Al­ba­nia, knew John through his late wife, Mar­garet, whom she met when Mar­garet was work­ing as a cook at a chil­dren’s home.

Mick and Su­sanne mar­ried in 1999 and have two chil­dren, daugh­ter Caitlin ( 12) and nine- year- old son Scott.

New post Mick Con­nor, from Cam­bus­lang, is the new chair­man of the East Kil­bride Branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion

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