Council supports Poppy volunteers in build up to centenary commemorations
|Author: Gavin Moore||Published: 31st October 2018 17:00|
Members, management and front line staff from South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) stood in Towcester Waitrose this week to show Poppy Appeal collection volunteers the community is behind them.
SNC Chairman, Cllr Richard Dallyn took one of the first shifts on Tuesday morning along with council Leader, Cllr Ian McCord.
Cllr Dallyn said: “It is easy to take for granted that the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collections just happen. They don’t.
“There is a dedicated band of volunteers who every year go out into their communities delivering and emptying collection jars, knocking on doors and standing in supermarkets and town centres.
“In the past few years the council has been asked for volunteers from within its own ranks and I was glad to take this opportunity to show RBL volunteers and the veterans and families they support that they will never be forgotten.”
Poppy Appeal organiser, David Reed said: “I’m always impressed how people answer requests for help without hesitation, this year more than ever. It’s fantastic.”
The Armistice Day Commemorations services are set to take place across the district.
A service at St Lawrence Church in Towcester starts at 10:50am on Sunday, 11 November 2018 and is expected to be very well attended.
The service will be followed by a parade starting from the carpark at the Bull Pub in Brackley Road. The parade will set-off at 12:20pm precisely and when it arrives at the war memorial at the Brackley Road Cemetery, all 92 names from the War Memorial will be read out.
A host of events in Brackley start at 6am with a lone piper at the War Memorial, followed by a two minutes’ silence at 11am and the parade will set off from Winchester House School at 2:30pm before a service of remembrance in front of the Town Hall. Further events are planned to take place at Poppyfields Way from 6:55pm.