POPPY SELLERS TO RETIRE AFTER OVER 20 YEARS VOLUNTARY SERVICE

Two poppy sellers are to retire from the Crewkerne branch of the Royal British Legion and from the Poppy Appeal after over 20 years of voluntary service. Poppy stand stalwarts and Remembrance Wreath co-ordinators Danny Pettitt and June Webb have been the official poppy organisers in Crewkerne for 23 years. Working tirelessly behind the scenes every year to ensure that poppy and wreath orders are submitted and delivered on time for the annual poppy week and Remembrance Commemorations. They have decided that this year will be their last and hoping that others will step forward to carry on the good work for this worthy cause.

Danny Pettitt said: “We love doing it but it’s becoming a lot harder and none of us are getting any younger. June is now in her 80’s and deserves to put her feet up and enjoy a rest. It’s hard work as there is a lot of organising that goes on behind the scenes, beginning in mid June to July every year. It is however very rewarding and helps to keep our boys going and supports the families who are struggling. We are both hoping that someone comes forward to take this on and are happy to help them to learn this.”

Danny and June will be at the poppy stand in Falkland Square during Poppy Week which begins on Saturday November 4th and ends on Armistice Day Saturday 11th, when the Crewkerne branch of the Royal British Legion will be leading a minutes silence in Falkland Square under the war memorial plaque at 11 am. Volunteers of the RBL carry out important work to help former service men and women and their dependents. Anyone who is interested in finding out more about Danny and June’s poppy duties can telephone Danny on 07710975455 or contact Alice Samuel, branch secretary via email to antonysamuel@btinternet.com

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