Haverhill Poppy Appeal organisers hopeful of matching the £30,000 raised last year
Haverhill's Royal British Legion (RBL) Poppy Appeal got off to a flying start on the Market Square last Friday with the unfurling of three flags by the Mayor of Haverhill, Cllr John Burns.
The flags, including a new RBL one made by Haverhill company We Do Signs, were unfurled in front of an appreciative public gathering including Haverhill councillors, poppy collectors and RBL members.
Bryan Mills, chairman of the Haverhill branch of the RBL, thanked all the poppy collectors for their dedicated work, local shops and businesses for their support, and the public who had contributed "so generously" to last year’s collection, which raised over £30,000, and hoped for a similar response this year.
Members of Haverhill Town Council’s staff were thanked for their good work, taking over from the former borough council, in helping to arrange this year’s Remembrance Parade which would for the first time be held in the morning, not the afternoon, on Remembrance Sunday, November 10, starting at 10.15am.
Amongst those gathered were volunteer poppy collectors: Betty Sizer, the longest serving with over 50 years collecting, Julie Sprigg, Val Swaby, Linda Temple, Sylvia White, Stacy Thornton and her son Sebastian, who has been collecting since he was six-years-old.
The flags will continue to fly for the two weeks of the Poppy Appeal leading up to Armistice Day and the public two minute silence, held in the High Street at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month to remember the fallen in all conflicts.