Poppy sellers clock up hundreds of years of help

DEDICATED volunteers who have freely given their time to support one of Britain’s best-loved charities have been rewarded for their commitment at a special ceremony in Alnwick.

Poppy sellers from across the community were presented with certificates and letters of commendation by the Royal British Legion at the RAF Club on Lisburn Street, Alnwick.

Mayor of Alnwick, Coun Alan Symmonds, and the Deputy Mayor, Coun Geoff Watson presented the awards and gave a speech praising the outstanding efforts of the Royal British Legion supporters who brave the elements day after day in order to raise much-needed funds for our servicemen and women.

Three received long service certificates, including Ruby Bowden, who has notched up an astonishing 62 years in support of the charity, while Andrew Baxter and Valerie Thompson have each put in 42 years.

Lynne Moir was awarded a certificate for 30 years’ service, while Marion Cocks, Bill Atkinson, Jim Hardy, Anne Brewis and Elizabeth Brown received 20-year awards. May Allan was commended for 15 years’ service, and Pat Rennison for 10 years.

Les Slater, secretary of the Royal British Legion branch, said: “It was a really good night and it is very important to recognise those supporters who have given so freely. Their work is greatly appreciated by the servicemen and women, both young and old, who benefit from the Legion’s support.”

For further information about the Royal British Legion, contact Mr Slater on 01665 605497.