Bob’s back to show off his Poppy power!

Scarborough eldest Poppy Appeal collector Bob Cass MM, celebrated his 92nd birthday today, in the Balmoral Centre collecting as usual. Pictured congratulating him is his daughter Joanne Moore, left, and poppy appeal committee members Audrey Jordan and Beryl Anderson. Picture by Andrew Higgins  114449
Scarborough eldest Poppy Appeal collector Bob Cass MM, celebrated his 92nd birthday today, in the Balmoral Centre collecting as usual. Pictured congratulating him is his daughter Joanne Moore, left, and poppy appeal committee members Audrey Jordan and Beryl Anderson. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114449
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A SCARBOROUGH war veteran is actively fighting for the town’s Poppy Appeal again - despite turning 92.

Bob Cass MM has taken up his customary collection point in the Balmoral Centre entrance to help boost this year’s campaign.

Mr Cass, who was a member of the 5th battalion Green Howards during the Second World War, is a firm favourite on the streets and always attracts scores of people who want to purchase poppies from him.

Beryl Anderson, Scarborough’s Poppy Appeal organiser, said: “Bob is an outstanding member of the Royal British Legion and his support is overwhelming.

“He has collected for the appeal since he retired and even when he was working he would help on days off.

“He collects thousands of pounds each year and people queue up to buy their poppies off him.

“Bob is so jovial and happy and never lets anything worry him, the most important thing to him is collecting for the appeal.”

Mr Cass was at the Dunkirk evacuation and was rescued from the beach by destroyer HMS Venomous before being transferred to Libya, where his unit was over-run by the German Army.

He was captured and spent the rest of the hostilities as a Prisoner of War.