Poppy Appeal set to beat last year’s total

November 29 2017
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THIS year’s Poppy Appeal collection in Wells looks likely to have raised nearly £30,000.

With some money yet to be counted, the sum could be even more than last year.

“I am delighted to say that the total as of November 21 for the 2017 collection for the Royal British Legion in Wells is just over £25,241,” said Wells Poppy Appeal organiser Derek Cooper.

“With more to come in we hope to beat last year’s total of £26,807.

“It would not have been possible without a fantastic band of volunteer collectors and committee members helping. It’s a major task each year and I couldn’t have done it without them and the fantastic public support. We had over 100 boxes in shops and businesses plus stalls in Tesco and Waitrose plus three Saturday market stalls thanks to market manager Stuart Beeton. The ATC and Army cadets were brilliant with collections in Morrison’s and the High Street, as were the Scouts.

“Our concert on October 28 with the Wells City Band was a great success, thanks to the band and to Poppy McGhee for her fabulous violin playing.

“To the dozens of local business who donated to our raffle a very big thank you.”

There was a big turnout for this year’s Remembrance Sunday silence and wreath-laying ceremony at St Cuthbert’s Church. This was followed by a parade along High Street and another wreath-laying ceremony at the Harry Patch Memorial at Wells and Mendip Museum.

Remembrance Parade 2017

• Pictures: Wreath-laying at St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells, on Remembrance Sunday, top, and Major General Simon Brooks-Ward, with Mayor of Wells Councillor John North alongside him, saluting during the parade along High Street