Irvine’s Legion branch is set to launch a drop-in for members – as the ex-service men and woman await the return to normality.

The Royal British Legion Scotland branch, which will be opening back up as per government guidelines on April 26, will be having a drop in on Mondays and Fridays 11am–2pm for members, veterans, their families and serving members of the Armed Forces.

Branch Secretary Arlene Reid said: “We’re going to try it and see how it goes, we can’t get the bar open yet but it won’t be long after.

“We’re opening as a drop in because obviously everyone’s been isolated for so long it will give them a chance to catch up with us and see what’s been happening – we’ve been doing a lot of decorating. It’s completely different and absolutely beautiful – there’s been a total refurb everywhere.

“We’re desperate to get back open when we’re allowed to properly – the drop in will be a taster to let everyone see what the club’s been up to during lockdown.

“Hopefully not long after that everything will be back to normal.

“11am to 2pm is the timescale we’re looking at with COVID restrictions and one-way system. There will be teas, coffees soft drinks and cakes.”