Poppy Appeal could raise new record sum

November 24 2021
Poppy Appeal could raise new record sum

AS we come to the end of this year’s Poppy Appeal and Remembrance events, Derek Cooper, the Poppy Appeal Organiser for Wells, has thanked all the loyal volunteers who have manned the stalls in Tesco, Waitrose and Lidl supermarkets.

And he has revealed that with some money still to be collected, the amount raised locally could set a new record as it approaches the £27,500 raised in 2019.

He said: “To the mangers and staff of those stores also a very great thank you on behalf of the Royal British Legion for allowing us to set up camp in their stores over the last two weeks.

“To the market manager Graham likewise for giving us three Saturdays in the Market Place. To the many shops and businesses in Wells and the surrounding area, thank you for supporting us with a tin and poppies. On Saturdays, cadets from the ATC and ACF collected in the High Street and at Morrisons; thank you so much, you all looked so smart and are a credit to your organisation and families.

“To the Town Hall and the Mayor, a very big thank you for giving us a base over the last year and all you and the team there do for the Poppy Appeal. A special mention to the Town Hall manager Kevin for his continuing help and support.

“Thank you to Maurice Day and his team as well for doing the road closures on the Sunday.”

On November 11, there was a short service of Remembrance in the market place, and on November 14, the annual Service of Remembrance was held at St Cuthbert’s Church attended by the Mayor and city council, many organisations and a large congregation. Outside at 11am the silence was held to remember the fallen and for the laying of wreaths on the war memorial.

There was then a march up High Street with the Royal British Legion standard of Wells leading the way in this its 100th year with the band from the Wells Cathedral School to the Harry Patch Memorial for another short service and wreath laying.

Then a handful of the committee and friends went to Wells Cemetery where each year a wreath is laid on the Memorial stone there containing the names of some more of the local soldiers who gave their lives.

Although some monies is still to come in, the local Poppy Appeal total so far is about £25,000 and heading towards beating the record year in 2019.

“So the biggest thanks of all goes to the amazing public who have been so generous in their donations,” said Derek.

“If I have missed anyone I apologise and I will give a full figure as soon as we have it.”

• Picture of Mayor of Wells Philip Welch about to lay a wreath at the war memorial in St Cuthbert’s Churchyard on Remembrance Sunday by Brendan C Doyle LRPS