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Short parade launches Bewdley poppy appeal
Poppy launch: Members of Bewdley Royal British Legion with civic dignitaries including, front from right, Mayor Linda Candlin and front right, Paul Gittins.
BEWDLEY residents are being encouraged to wear their poppies with pride as appeal organisers aim to top last year’s fundraising efforts.
A short parade from the town hall into Load Street by the town’s Royal British Legion branch took place on Sunday to mark the launch of this year’s poppy appeal.
The event was led by two pipers and two standards – one an RBL standard and another from the women’s section of the group.
Mayor Linda Candlin inspected the ex-servicemen and women. Organisers are hoping to beat last year’s total of £9,800.
Secretary Paul Gittins said: “We are going to do our best, especially as next year is the anniversary of the First World War and we are hoping to do something to commemorate that.”
Bewdley RBL will be holding its annual concert to help boost poppy funds on Saturday at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church, Load Street. It will feature performances by the Bewdley Concert Band and West End singer David Lawrence.
Meanwhile, the Kidderminster branch has joined forces with Wyre Forest Dial-a-Ride – a district- wide charity which provides transport services to disabled and elderly people.
Each Dial-a-Ride minibus has been fitted with a special car poppy and collection boxes are available to passengers riding the charity’s vehicles.
Dial-a-Ride’s manager Nigel Caldicott, who served in the Army for more than 30 years and has also worked as an RBL welfare caseworker, said: “A number of our members and their families served in the forces. The Legion and Dial-a-Ride share a determination to improve the quality of life of people who need our help.”
Kidderminster poppy appeal organiser Dave Sands, who served in the Parachute Regiment, said: “We believe it is important to stand shoulder to shoulder as working as a team is an important part of service life.
“Being able to work with everyone at Dial-a-Ride is a great chance to do just that.”
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