Mayor helps launch town Poppy Appeal

Ashington Mayor Coun Avril Chisholm joins Royal British Legion volunteers Brenda Richardson and Richard Fullerton at the launch of this years Poppy Appeal.
Ashington Mayor Coun Avril Chisholm joins Royal British Legion volunteers Brenda Richardson and Richard Fullerton at the launch of this years Poppy Appeal.

The mayor of Ashington met up with some of the town’s hard-working volunteers as the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal got under way.

Coun Avril Chisholm called in at the Legion’s branch on North Seaton Road to meet some of the volunteers who give up their time to help with collections.

She said: “‘I am so pleased to help launch such a truly worthwhile cause.

“I have nothing but admiration for our ex-service men and women who have done so much for us all and benefit from the support offered by the Royal British Legion.”

Organiser John Simpson said: “The Poppy Appeal relies completely on the hard work done by our volunteers who organise and carry out the collections. I am happy to say that Ashington folk give generously every year and I hope that this continues to be the case for many years to come.

“Their generosity is very much appreciated.”

John said this year sees a temporary change in thearrangements for Remembrance Sunday because of the Station Road regeneration scheme in Ashington town centre.

The parade will begin on Institute Road, travelling down West Station Road to the Ashington Memorial Garden on Kenilworth Road.

All orders for poppy wreaths should be collected from the Royal British Legion HQ by Saturday, November 12, to ease the arrangements for this year’s event.

Further details of the parade and service will be announced in due course.