Crow country prepares for Remembrance Sunday as Poppy Appeal raises thousands

RBL Royston chairman Chris Murphy launches the 2013/14 poppy appeal with Cllr Bob Smith

RBL Royston chairman Chris Murphy launches the 2013/14 poppy appeal with Cllr Bob Smith - Credit: Archant

Organisers of the Poppy Appeal in Royston have praised the generosity of people in Crow country after more than £16,000 was collected to help the work of the Royal British Legion.

Ahead of Sunday’s remembrance services, which honour service men and women who have fallen in conflicts around the world, it has been revealed that the 2012/13 Royston Poppy Appeal raised £16,380.25.

Chris Murphy, chairman of the Royston branch of the Royal British Legion and Poppy Appeal organiser, said: “The total was generated mainly from the two weeks over the remembrance period. An additional £480 was added to the amount raised, when Royston Branch member, Alwin Davies did a sponsored chest waxing.

“This is a fantastic amount to have raised which will go into the National Poppy Appeal fund. Although the total is slightly down on last year’s total, it must be taken into consideration that with the closure of the Army Training Regiment at Bassingbourn, their past contributions to the appeal have amounted to some £1,000-£2,000 a year.

“I would like to thank the residents of Royston for their continued generosity to the Poppy Appeal and to all those who supported the appeal, especially our small army of loyal collectors and the business and outlets throughout the town.”

Earlier this year the legion launched an appeal through the Crow to get more people involved with the collections.

Mr Murphy said: “We were extremely pleased to receive a number of replies which has resulted in an additional six people coming forward to help. The Royston branch would like to say thank you to these volunteers – you know who you are.”

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The 2013/14 Poppy Appeal was launched last week by the Cllr Bob Smith, Royston’s mayor. Poppies are now available in shops, businesses and supermarkets across Royston.

This year’s Remembrance Sunday parade takes place on Sunday, November 10. Anyone wishing to take part should assemble in Queen’s Road at 10.15am. The parade itself will start at 10.25am, arriving at the war memorial in Melbourn Street at 10.40am in time for the start of the remembrance service.

On Monday, November 11, a service will be held at the war memorial in Melbourn Street at 10.50am followed by a short service at the American monument in the Priory Gardens

Mr Murphy added: “I would encourage as many of the towns’ people to come and support the parade and service so that we may remember, as a community, the price that has been paid and continues to be paid for our freedom and liberty.”