A BREAKFAST club for current and veteran members of the armed forces has celebrated their fourth birthday.

Fifty members of the Worcester Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club gathered at the Postal Order, in Foregate Street, to mark the occasion.

Dave Carney, founder and organiser of the club said: “From a personal point, I was amazed and taken aback that on the day, we managed to attract 50 members to the club including three still serving.

“Our previous record was 40, so we smashed that one out of the park but as I keep saying, it's the members that show up every month that makes it successful and it wouldn't run without them.

“We've gone from 10 members a month to nearly 40.”

A new club flag was unveiled by City MP Robin Walker and Councillor Mel Allcott, of the Claines ward.

This followed by the pair talking to veterans and getting to know the issues and needs that they are faced with on a day to day basis.

Robin Walker said: “Our community owes a huge debt of gratitude to all those who have served and are serving with our Armed Forces.

“I was proud to be the first Worcester MP to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and to help put it into law.

“I was delighted to join local Veterans and serving personnel to celebrate the fourth birthday of the Worcester Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club - a brilliant organisation which provides a wonderful social network for our local Veterans and those still serving.”

Cllr Allcott said: “It was a lovely family event and it went really well. It was really exciting, and it was a privilege to unveil the new flag.”

Mr Carney added: “Robin Walker stayed with the club for a good hour, and just like Cllr Mel Allcott, took time to chat to everyone before leaving for other official duties.”

There was a birthday cake at the party, which took place on Saturday, September 7.