Remembrance a special occasion in Appleby

Date: Monday 20th November 2017

Sir, I wish to say a very sincere thank you to the people of Appleby, the surrounding villages and visitors to the town.

The coffee morning held on Saturday in the public hall in support of the Poppy Appeal was very well attended, and the donations to the raffle were excellent.

The men’s and women’s section of the Royal British Legion did (as always) a sterling job of running this, with assistance from the air cadets. I must also thank the small army of street collectors who go out to sell poppies door-to-door in and around Appleby, as well as all the businesses which host the static boxes for us.

The hard work of the volunteers who contributed towards and decorated St. Lawrence’s Church made the Remembrance Sunday service something very special indeed.

The parade itself was also one of the largest I can recall for some time, and I thank all those who took part for attending. This year we were joined by the firefighters from Appleby, who were called out just as we arrived at church.

The hard work of the Legion carries on all year round, and with the centenary of the end of World War I next year, we will need the support of you all again to make next year a success.

You do not have to be ex-service to join the Royal British Legion, but we are always in need to members to join the committee. Planning the parade, etc, starts again in the new year, with our first branch meeting on 4thJanuary. Yours etc,

Flt Lt SIMON WALTON RAFVR (T)

(Chairman/standard bearer, Appleby and District Branch Royal British Legion)

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