LEGION’S NEW MASCOT LAUNCHES POPPY APPEAL

The Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion launched this year’s Poppy Appeal on Saturday morning. Members were joined on the steps of the town hall by Town Crier David Craner, Mayor Kathy Head and the Branch’s new mascot, Winston the lion. The name Winston was selected from hundreds of entries from First School pupils and the winner of the Name the Lion competition was announced as Taylor. Taylor attends Ashlands School and was presented with a prize by Crewkerne’s Mayor, Kathy Head.

Legion Branch members were joined by the Crewkerne Army Cadet Force, who despite the heavy rain and gale force winds sold poppies around the town and Somerset Legion Riders who also braved the elements, their bikes being a prominent display in Market Square. Winston spent many hours waving to the local community and passing motorists and was very grateful to those who responded with a wave or toot of the horn. The Crewkerne Branch of the RBL would like to thank all those all attended the Poppy Appeal launch, especially Crewkerne Army Cadets, Somerset Legion Riders and Tim Garrett whose creative slates, portraying poppies and war scenes, proved to be very popular with 20 per cent of sales donated to the Poppy Appeal.

Crewkerne Branch Secretary, Alice Samuel said: “Thank you to Adam Parkes LAET (RN) who turned up in his uniform with his children to support the occasion and members of the Crewkerne Branch because without them these events would not be possible. Special thanks to Bob King, Poppy Appeal Officer and his deputy Darren Bradbury, to the community of Crewkerne who stopped by to support the launch and to Waitrose and Lidl for their support. The first days collection across the town raised just under £1,000, which was a fantastic result.”

The Remembrance Parade at Severalls begins at 10 am on Sunday November 10th and will be followed by a short service to include the Exhortation, Last Post, two minutes silence, lighting of the Candle of Remembrance and laying of the wreaths. A short prayer will be delivered by the Reverend Stuart Huntley. Members will then walk down to St Bartholomew’s Church for the laying of the wreaths and church service, beginning at 10.55 am. Following the church service, the Crewkerne Branch of RBL are hosting a community thank you event in the George Reynolds Centre with hot food available and live entertainment with The Decadettes, 1940’s style quartet. The Armistice Service takes place at 11 am in Falkland Square on Monday November 11th.

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