Brid Poppy Appeal launched

Bridlington Mayor John Copsey helps launch the Poppy appeal in the Promenades Bidlington
Bridlington Mayor John Copsey helps launch the Poppy appeal in the Promenades Bidlington

Bridlington’s Poppy Appeal was launched on Saturday at the Promenades shopping centre and organisers are hoping it raise even more than last year’s record £25,000 as the town remembers.

Every penny raised helps the Royal British Legion provide thousands of modern veterans, service men, women and their families with vital advice and support.

Their 2015 message is wear a poppy for the memory of the fallen, but also for the future of the living. The Bridlington branch of the Legion has supplied dozens of outlets with poppies and is ready for key events over the coming weeks.

First is the re-dedication of the memorial garden at the war memorial on Prospect Street at 10.30am on October 31. Following a dedication service by Rev. Matthew Pollard, cllr John Copsey will plant a cross on behalf of the town and one will be placed by the local Legion branch. After that veterans, members of the public, and other organisations can plant their own crosses and poppy crosses will be available for people to buy.

Barry Moody MBE, branch president, said: “Anyone can plant a cross of remembrance. Over the years we have had a square metre of land dedicated for this but it is now reaching the point where it might not be enough as we have seen more than 100 crosses in the memorial garden.”

Next is the Remembrance Sunday parade and service on November 8. The parade sets at 10.50 off from Station Approach arriving at the war memorial for a two minute silence followed by a service by Rev Jonathan Couper of Christchurch.

Deputy Poppy Appeal organiser Martin Barmby, said: “People can either join the parade or just line the route. We hope to keep the pavement on the main road side free of the public so those in the parade can see the service.”

Poppy sales last year were given a £4,000 boost by those taking part in the Scooter Rally at The Spa which is on again this year. “It was incredible, we had difficulty keeping up the supply of poppies. They were extremely generous and helped us reach that record breaking amount, this year we are better prepared and with their help we should again hit a record figure,” said Martin.

Finally there will the traditional service and two minutes silence at the war memorial on Wednesday November 11.