31st October 2016
Press release by the Worksop Branch of the Royal British Legion
This year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal commenced on Saturday, October 29th and collections will be taken until November 12th.
The Chair of Bassetlaw District Council, Cllr Jim Anderson, the Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Royal British Legion, Andy Gregory, and the Chair of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, Robin Stonebridge, joined members of Worksop Royal British Legion, volunteers and members of the public for this very special launch at the Lock Keeper pub in Worksop.
The first official Poppy was sold to the Chair of Bassetlaw District Council. Cllr Anderson said: “I pay tribute to the wonderful work of the Royal British Legion in the vital work of supporting all our ex-service men and women. This is such an important organisation; let’s all wear our poppy with pride.“
The first poppies were sold by members of 4th Worksop Scout Group. The party were taken on a very specially prepared Hugh Henshall, the Chesterfield Canal Trust narrow boat, on a journey to promote the start of the appeal.
Andy Gregory, Chairman of Nottinghamshire Royal British Legion, said: “This is a stunning tribute and a very special launch. The crew of the Hugh Henshall have done a fantastic job. It’s great that the event was supported by the manager and staff at the Lock Keeper who have so kindly provided their time and service free of charge. Well done everyone.”
David Scott, Chairman of Worksop Royal British Legion, said: “Last year we raised over £30,000 for the appeal and we are hoping to have another successful year. Poppies are available in around 400 locations and there will be Poppy Stalls in all our supermarkets.
“Disabled ex-service personnel, bereaved widows and their families need help, provision of adequate medical and surgical care, support for families of the dead and wounded, and provision of legal advice as well as representation at inquests and awards.”
The work of the Legion is as much needed now as when it was formed in 1921. Lets all support our armed forces. Lest we forget.
Cllr Anderson with Cllr Kevin Greaves outside the Lock Keeper. (Photo by Ray Fielding)
Cllr Anderson with Roger Smith, the landlord of the Lock Keeper. (Photo by Ray Fielding)
Cllr Sybil Fielding with Cllr Kevin Greaves.
Cllr Anderson with Andy Gregory (wearing the chain), Robin Stonebridge (far right) scouts and crew. (Photo by Andy Widdison)
Everyone on board.
The front table, suitably set out.
In Stret Lock.
Turning at the Lady Lee Arm.
Going past the Lock Keeper.
In Deep Lock.
Cllr Anderson with the crew of Hugh Henshall.