Remembrance: Support the Poppy Appeal

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As mayor of the borough of Scarborough I would like to appeal to the readers of The Scarborough News to show their support for the Royal British Legion 2014 Poppy Appeal.

This year, as we mark the centenary of the start of one of the costliest conflicts in our history, the Royal British Legion is encouraging everyone to support the Poppy Appeal and embrace its current campaign, ‘Live On – to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living’.

The Poppy Appeal is aiming to raise £40 million to fund its support for the armed forces community. All money raised goes directly to its welfare work with serving service personnel, veterans and their families, so I’m urging all of the residents of the borough to get involved and help raise as much as possible.

Your donations help bereaved families to Live On, wounded service men and women to Live On, younger veterans seeking employment and housing to Live On and older veterans needing age-related care to Live On.

You can get a poppy from one of the many poppy volunteers in the town centres of Filey, Scarborough and Whitby in return for a donation to the Royal British Legion. Please give as much as you can afford and if you have a few hours to spare, you might also want to consider becoming a poppy volunteer. Anyone over 16 years of age can help, all you need to do is call 0800 085 5924.

The mayoress and I will be proud to join many of you at a number of special events being held in Scarborough this year where we will have the opportunity to reflect and remember the fallen:

Sunday November 2, 12pm - laying of crosses in the Garden of Remembrance, Alma Square.

Sunday November 9, 9am - moving service of remembrance involving the joining together and blessing of standards and wreaths, a drumhead ceremony and poppies falling during the silence period, Queen Street Methodist Hall.

Sunday November 9, 10.40am - annual British Legion remembrance service, Oliver’s Mount war memorial.

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

The deputy mayor and mayoress will be joining us for the special ceremony at Queen Street Methodist Hall just before they attend the annual service of remembrance at the RNLI Lifeboat House at 10.30am, which will be followed by the laying of wreaths at sea.

Finally, in this centenary year of the start of World War I, our thoughts will naturally turn to those who lost their lives during that great conflict and subsequent wars. However, when making your generous donations this year, I also encourage you to remember those that fought and survived and need our help to Live On.

Cllr Pat Marsburg

Mayor of the borough of Scarborough