Poppy appeal is kick started by the bikers

John Simpson, Coun. Brian Gallacher and Allan Coleman on Station Road in Ashington.
John Simpson, Coun. Brian Gallacher and Allan Coleman on Station Road in Ashington.
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DOZENS of bikers have got on their bikes to help launch an annual appeal to support ex-service personnel and their families.

The Royal British Legion ‘Riders’ were in Ashington at the weekend to help launch this year’s poppy appeal, where they were joined by the deputy mayor of the town council, and the local poppy appeal organiser from the British Legion Ashington branch.

The RBL Riders currently has more than 5,000 members across the UK and last year raised £140,000 for the poppy appeal.

Local poppy appeal organiser John Simpson said: “Allan Coleman from the Northern branch of the Royal British Legion Riders rode his motorbike into Ashington to help launch this year’s appeal.

“The bikers do a great job all year round raising funds and for them to come to Ashington to help launch our appeal was extra special.”

Deputy mayor Coun Brian Gallacher added: “I feel extremely privileged to represent the town council at the launch of this year’s poppy appeal.

“It’s a truly worthwhile cause, doing excellent work supporting ex-servicemen and their families.

“I particularly enjoyed welcoming the British Legion Riders branch to Ashington, as I’ve been a keen biker since I was 16.

“The way the bikers turn out to show support for the families of service men and women killed in action is commendable.”

The veterans’ parade will take place on Sunday, November 11, leaving the Royal British Legion in North Seaton Road at 10.15am.