Scarborough’s Poppy Appeal is set to launch again following a hugely successful year of fundraising.
The 2012/13 appeal ended on September 30 and raised an incredible £62,019.26 from donations collected in Scarborough and the surrounding villages.
Organisers are now hoping for another successful year, with people in Scarborough ready to show their support as always.
Beryl Anderson, Scarborough’s Poppy Appeal coordinator, said: “The total raised last year was outstanding.
“Everyone has been so generous. We couldn’t do it without the people of Scarborough - everyone gives 100 per cent of their support.
“The amount has been going up year on year.”
Mrs Anderson added that the total includes money raised during the street collection - which lasts just two weeks - and a number of special fundraising events organised by local people throughout the year.
She continued: “Around £50,000 was raised by selling poppies and wreaths. We’ve found that people of all ages are keen to buy them.
“It’s not just the older generation. Many young people like to buy one as they’ve got friends who have served in Afghanistan.
“We’ve found that more and more young people are willing to donate.”
People are also keen to help the appeal by giving their time and energy as well as their hard-earned cash.
Students from YH Training’s military preparation course have been have been helping out with organisation behind the scenes, such as lifting and carrying and making sure deliveries of poppies and collection tins are where they need to be.
The appeal also attracts help from various different cadet units, who are also a key part of organising what is a major operation.
Mrs Anderson said: “We have lots of volunteers that come and help us each year. They prepare collection tins, sell poppies on the streets or help us count the money as it comes in.
“Over 60,000 poppies go out in Scarborough, so it is a big job.”
Anyone wishing to find out about volunteering is welcome to contact Beryl or John Anderson on (01723) 351957.
Mrs Anderson added: “People enjoy it. Some of them help us year in and year out, even just for a couple of hours, or on a Saturday if they work during the week.”
The first major event in this year’s Poppy Appeal calendar is the launch evening at Queen Street Methodist Hall on Wednesday October 23 at 7.30pm.
Music will be provided by the Scarborough Concert Band with Malcolm Appleby.
The event, supported by Boyes, will also feature a “Poppy Drop”, where petals fall from the ceiling during a two-minute silence.
Mrs Anderson said: “It’s a wonderful event and can be quite emotional, especially during the Poppy Drop.
“We get a lot of people coming along and it is a free event, so everyone can come and enjoy it.
“There will also be standard bearers from various organisations, such as the Green Howards, Royal Marines and Royal Engineers.”
There will be a collection at the event in aid of the Poppy Appeal.
Plans are also in place for this year’s Remembrance Day events in the town.
A special cross-planting service will be held at Alma Square at noon on Sunday November 3.
Organiser John Anderson, president of the Scarborough branch of the Royal British Legion, explained that the service is unique to Scarborough and doesn’t happen anywhere else.
He explained that crosses are planted to honour groups and individuals, and the crosses are then left in place for a month.
Mr Anderson added: “Crosses are on sale from poppy sellers and the British Legion before the event.
“People can write a message on the cross for the person they wish to remember.”
The service is open to all and everyone is more than welcome to attend.
It will be followed by a parade through the town centre led by the Band of the Yorkshire Regiment Volunteers.
The parade starts from outside Next in Westborough at around 12.20pm and will feature standard bearers and representatives from the Scouts, Brownies and cadets.
The marchers will go down the precinct, along Falconer’s Road and towards St Nicholas Street.
They will take the salute at the Town Hall steps, where Mr Anderson will be waiting with the mayor and mayoress of Scarborough, Andrew and Sue Backhouse.
The parade then turns left up the precinct, along Bar Street and finishes at the British Legion.
Remembrance services will then be held on Sunday November 10, both in Queen Street Methodist Hall and the Old Town and at Oliver’s Mount.
The Queen Street service begins at 9.30am and the Oliver’s Mount service starts at 10.40am. People are welcome at the British Legion afterwards.