Poppy appeal gets underway

PUBLISHED: 12:15 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 11 May 2010

Cllr Kennedy receives his poppy from Chris Murphy

Cllr Kennedy receives his poppy from Chris Murphy

THIS year s Poppy Appeal gets underway in Crow Country this weekend. Royston s mayor, Cllr Rod Kennedy, was the first person to make a donation and receive a poppy from chairman of the Royston branch of the Royal British Legion, Chris Murphy. The Poppy Ap

THIS year's Poppy Appeal gets underway in Crow Country this weekend.

Royston's mayor, Cllr Rod Kennedy, was the first person to make a donation and receive a poppy from chairman of the Royston branch of the Royal British Legion, Chris Murphy.

The Poppy Appeal raises funds for the Royal British Legion, which supports all active and former servicemen from the British armed forces.

Mr Murphy said: "With the conflicts continuing in Iraq and Afghanistan, we're seeing a lot of young servicemen coming back with various types of injuries.

"The legion provides all different kinds of support for them, and the Poppy Appeal is a great way of raising funds.

"A lot of the time the activities of the legion are associated with veterans from the Great War, but we're there to help past and present servicemen of all ages," he said.

Remembrance Sunday itself will see the usual march take place, leaving the British Legion headquarters, in Queens Road, Royston, at 10.45am, and marching to the war memorial at Priory Memorial Gardens.

Afterwards, the Opus 17 swing band will entertain guests at the British Legion with a selection of swing and big band music. They will play from 1pm - 4pm.

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