Record-breaking year for village’s poppy fund-raising

The 2014 Remembrance Sunday service in Seahouses. Picture by Claire Thorburn
The 2014 Remembrance Sunday service in Seahouses. Picture by Claire Thorburn

Seahouses raised almost £6,000 towards this year’s poppy appeal, breaking all previous records for the coastal village.

The total figure of £5,779.03 was announced by Tom Orrin at the December meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council.

Thanking the village for its generosity, Coun Orrin said: “The total figure is astounding.

“At the last poppy appeal, we just struggled to get to £4,000, and we’ve never raised more than £4,000 before.

“I know there has been a big campaign going on due to the 100 years since the start of the 1914-1918 war, and people have obviously taken note.”

Main Street arts and crafts shop Drift raised £1,000 by knitting and Alf collected nearly £2,000 towards the total.

Coun Orrin added: “We must once again thank the village because it’s all been raised in the village and the surrounding areas.

“It’s such a fantastic figure, it’s unbelievable.”

Parish council chairman Jeffrey Stewart thanked Coun Orrin for his hard work.

He said: “We must thank you on behalf of the parish council for putting your every effort into this.”

The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity.

It provides practical, emotional and financial support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families.

They actively campaigns to improve their lives and safeguard the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces.

The Legion also organises the Poppy Appeal, run one of the UK’s largest membership organisations and are recognised as the nation’s custodian of Remembrance.