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Community figure who has been awarded an MBE and involved with 23 organisations to step down from prominent role as he turns 90

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: June 06, 2013

By Josh Barrie

  • Bernard Rees pictured with his award for his services to the local community.

  • St Just. Bernard Rees.

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A HARDWORKING community figure is set to step down as president of his Royal British Legion branch after celebrating his 90th birthday.

Bernard Rees, MBE, has been a member of over 23 organisations across west Cornwall over the years, including Penwith Housing Association, the Citizens' Advice Bureau in Penzance and the Royal British Legion in St Just – and has chaired and been president of many of them.

His active work in the community has also seen him sit on St Just's town council for 22 years – as mayor for three – and also head up Age UK's Cornwall branch, a role he continues to undertake.

Now Mr Rees feels it's time to resign as president of the Armed Forces charity branch, one of his most established roles, as he turns 90 on Sunday.

Mr Rees has presided in the role for 17 years after joining soon after moving to the town in 1972.

He said: "It was just to help other people, if possible – to do what I could for the community."

Mr Rees was appointed with an MBE after his friend and past chairman of the Legion, Alf Nevitt, nominated him for his service in the area.

"We were fortunate enough to get him an MBE," said Mr Nevitt.

"He's worked very hard for lots of organisations and he's been a friend for a long time."

Sadly, a birthday party that was arranged for Mr Rees has had to be cancelled as the stalwart recovers from illness.

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