It looks very likely the Leduc Royal Canadian Legion will be moving to a new location after a vote by the membership Feb. 18, followed by a successful deal on a nearby pub.
Branch president Sean Cuppins said a vote was held on moving to a new location just down the street, Burnsy O’Flanagans pub on 49th Street. Cuppins said 90 members were present at the vote and 88 voted in favour of making an effort to head to the location.
Cuppins noted there were details to straighten out, but having clear direction from the members was great to see. Cuppins said the committee in charge of finding a new location included Frank Lindeggar, chair, Cy Young, Heather Guest and Lynda Cuppins. He said the committee, plus himself, looked at over 40 locations.
A big detail many Leduc residents will be curious about is where the CT 133 Silver Star jet will go. The new location doesn’t have room for it; Cuppins said a tentative proposal would see it move to the baseball diamonds, after some volunteers do restoration on the Cold War aircraft.
Cuppins said he was happy to see the clear vote as the Legion must be out of their current location by April 15 at the latest.
The Legion has successfully purchased Burnsy O’Flannigans, located a few blocks east of the current building. Cuppins noted the Legion has bought the business and lease, not the building Burnsy O’Flannigans is located in. However, the Burnsy O’Flannigans sign will be coming down.
Cuppins said he plans to speak to Burnsy O’Flannigans staff as soon as possible to see who wishes to stay on.
The last business day at the current Legion will be Friday, Apr. 1 and the move will occur the next day, Saturday, Apr. 2. Cuppins said the Legion gratefully appreciates any volunteers who can help move, including trucks and moving equipment such as dolleys.
Cuppins said at the new location the Legion plans to become more involved in the sports scene, sponsoring teams etc. along with being open Monday to Saturday. Tentative plans call for a ceremony Saturday, April 9 for the move.