Poppy sellers take to the streets

POPPY SELLERS --- Members of the British Legion are selling poppies in Scarborough town centre ahead of Remembrance Sunday in November. // Bob Smith, ex-Royal Navy chief petty officer, sells poppies on Westborough. Monday 26th October 2015. HARRY ATKINSON
POPPY SELLERS --- Members of the British Legion are selling poppies in Scarborough town centre ahead of Remembrance Sunday in November. // Bob Smith, ex-Royal Navy chief petty officer, sells poppies on Westborough. Monday 26th October 2015. HARRY ATKINSON
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Scarborough’s Poppy Appeal is well under way and organisers are hoping it will be the best ever.

Poppy sellers are out in force on the town’s streets until Remembrance Sunday on November 8 and poppies are also on sale at local shops and businesses until November 11.

Appeal organiser Beryl Anderson said: “We’re very lucky as we have lots of volunteers, many of whom come back every year.

“We also have the cadet units helping out on a weekend taking boxes and tins round Scarborough. It’s great to have young people on board.”

Last year the appeal - which ran from October 1 until September 30 - raised in excess of £74,000, which was the biggest total ever.

Beryl said: “I just want to say how humbled I am when we get the support that we do, year in year out.

“There are a lot of charities out there but people never forget the Poppy Appeal.

“I just can’t thank people enough for their support - it’s outstanding.”

There will be a number of events in Scarborough where people can remember the fallen.

These include:

• Sunday November 1, noon,­ laying of crosses in the Garden of Remembrance, Alma Square

• Sunday November 8, 9.30am, service of remembrance involving the joining together and blessing of standards and wreaths, a drumhead ceremony and poppies falling during a period of silence, at Queen Street Methodist Hall and to follow at the RNLI with the laying of wreaths at sea. 

• Sunday November 8, 10.40am, annual British Legion remembrance service, Oliver’s Mount war memorial 

• Wednesday November 11, 10.45am ­ short service of remembrance followed by two minutes’ silence (at 11am), Alma Square.

Scarborough’s mayor Tom Fox said: “As we all know, this year will mark 101 years since the start of World War One and once again the Royal British Legion is encouraging everyone to support the Poppy Appeal during the official period of Remembrance from October 24 to November 11 when we reflect and remember the fallen and our currently serving military personnel. Last year’s national appeal raised over £45 million and it is hoped to increase that figure this year in order to support the Armed Forces community.

“All money raised during the appeal goes directly yo its welfare work with serving service personnel, veterans and their families.”