Poppy appeals launched across Harrogate district

An ex serviceman is silhouetted against the war memorial in Harrogate. (GL1001/13a)
An ex serviceman is silhouetted against the war memorial in Harrogate. (GL1001/13a)
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As the country prepares to mark Remembrance Sunday, the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeals have been launched in North Yorkshire.

The Harrogate Poppy Appeal, operating out of Community House, has begun.

The Appeal is in need of more Street Collectors from October 29 until November 8, as well as delivery and collection drivers before and after Remembrance Sunday.

Contact Mike Comerford on poppyharrogate@gmail.com or 07530 900770.

The Knaresborough branch of the Royal British Legion have started celebrating 100 years since the First World War ended, and are calling for volunteers to help to raise funds this Armistice Day.

The fundraising will begin with a stall on the local market on November 5 and a Poppy Supper at Knaresborough Working Men’s club at 7.30pm on November 12, tickets for which are £3 and are available from the club.

The Knaresborough Silver Band will play at the annual Remembrance Day Parade on the November 9, which will go from Station Road, to the war memorial at Knaresborough Castle grounds.

Chairman of the Knaresborough Branch of the RBL, Paul Darley said, “The Poppy Appeal in Knaresborough receives tremendous support from helpers and the general public for which I am extremely grateful. This year is particularly poignant not only as it marks the centenary of the start of the First World War but also the final withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan which adds an extra meaning to our efforts. The Royal British Legion would welcome help from anyone who can give an hour or two to assist with the Appeal.”

Members of the Knaresborough RBL will also have their photo taken in front of Knaresborough House alongside poppy appeal collectors and volunteers, at 12.00pm on the 3rd November.

On November 11, all members of the public are invited to share two minutes silence by the war memorial at the Castle Grounds.

Organisers of the appeal are still looking for as many volunteers as possible to help with the poppy collections throughout early November.

Those interested should comtact Alan Pitchfork, Vice Chairman of the knaresborough RBL on 01423 864 503.

The Ripon Branch of the Royal British Legion have started getting ready to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

On Remembrance Sunday, November 9, a memorial service will start in Ripon Spa Gardens at 10.45am before a procession to the cathedral where a Service of Remembrance will be held from 11.40am-1pm.

See this week’s newspapers (November 6) for a full schedule of Remembrance events taking place across the district.