The audience joined in singing 1940’s songs at a special event, hosted by the Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion at the George Reynolds Centre. Guest performers The Decadettes, a Dorset based vintage singing group, proved a huge hit as everyone toasted the success of this year’s Remembrance services, centenary Armistice commemorations and Poppy Appeal, which has raised the highest amount ever and currently stands at £12,391.78 with donation tins and wreath payments still arriving.

A special presentation by Crewkerne Branch RBL President Terry Austin was made during the interval, when the MacCready Shield for the Best Cadet was awarded to ACF Lance Corporal Dennis Galvin. The new award is named after Patrick MacCready, a long standing member of the British Legion and a Burma Star veteran, who passed away last year. Flowers were presented to Sarah and Sue Wills from the GRC for their support and kindness towards the RBL and for laying on fantastic food and poppy cocktails on the day.

Chairman of Crewkerne Branch RBL, Tony Samuel said: “I would like to thank the Crewkerne Branch and all the community of Crewkerne who have supported the Poppy Appeal and all those who supported the events on Remembrance/Armistice Sunday. I would also like to thank staff at Lidl and Waitrose for allowing the poppy selling to be such a great success and thank you to all those who stood and manned the stalls. Without you the Poppy Appeal would not have been so successful. Finally to Bob King our Poppy Appeal Officer and his wife Sarah, who have worked so hard over the Remembrance time. This year was a poignant year to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 and we will always remember them.”

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