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PUBLISHED: 17:16 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 09:21 12 August 2010

THIS year marks the 70th anniversary of the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). Starting as a wartime emergency service, it now routinely helps people resolve legal and financial

THIS year marks the 70th anniversary of the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

Starting as a wartime emergency service, it now routinely helps people resolve legal and financial problems, and is serving a record number of people as the recession causes redundancies and repossessions.

Beckenham and Penge opened its first CAB in Beckenham Road on September 12, 1939, followed shortly by Orpington bureau, on September 18, 1939, at the Priory, Church Hill, before moving to High Street.

During the war, volunteers even gave advice in Chislehurst Caves, in Old Hill, Chislehurst.

Bromley Town's bureau was opened in December 1963 before moving to Tweedy Road old library in 1982 and then to Community House in February 2000. CAB manager Joe Clark said: "The reason we have survived so long is that we have constantly adapted to meet changing advice needs.

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