At a brief ceremony on Wednesday October 20th to acknowledge the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, the Mayor of Trowbridge, Councillor Denise Bates, was pleased to accept the first poppy of the season from the Town Crier, Trevor Heeks. The ceremony took place in bright autumn sunshine at the town’s War Memorial, and was also attended by Mr. Rick Owen, Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser for the Royal British Legion in Trowbridge.

Councillor Bates was full of praise for all those who volunteer for the Poppy Appeal every year and stated just how important this major annual fund-raising effort was for those benefitting from the appeal. She said “As we approach Remembrance (Armistice) Day on November 11th, and Remembrance Sunday on the 14th, we particularly recall the sacrifices which have been made by our armed forces through many conflicts over the years. The Poppy Appeal is our opportunity to help the RBL in providing much needed assistance to present day veterans, the armed forces community and their families. I hope the people of Trowbridge will help towards the debt we owe, and buy a poppy.”

The Trowbridge appeal runs from Saturday October 30th until Saturday November 13th. Merchandise will be available from RBL stands in both The Shires and Castle Place shopping centres, and also Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco Extra.