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St Albans Branch of the Royal British Legion prepares for Poppy Appeal
The St Albans Branch of the Royal British Legion is bracing itself for the start of this year’s Poppy Appeal.
Teams of volunteers are preparing to distribute trays of the traditional red poppies to shops, pubs and restaurants throughout the city. For two weeks starting on Saturday, October 26 collectors will be seen at the First Capital Connect station, supermarkets, shopping arcades and on the streets.
The two weeks of the Poppy Appeal will on end on Monday, November 11 and this year’s Remembrance Sunday will take place on November 10.
Service veterans and youth organisations will assemble outside BHS, in St Peter’s Street at 10.30am and then, led by their standards, march to the city’s memorial. A short service of remembrance will also be followed by a two-minute silence at 11am and then the laying of wreaths.
The parade will then march back along St Peter’s Street saluting the city’s mayor Annie Brewster, her Macebearer, Councillors and Aldermen.
Last year the St Albans Branch alone raised almost £60,000 while the Legion as a whole collected in the region of £36 million.
The St Albans Branch of the Legion still operates from Mitchell Hall in Verulam Road. However the Legion’s Club on those premises has had to close because of its steadily declining membership.
The branch of the Legion was established in August 1921 and is one of the oldest branches. Mitchell Hall was donated to the Branch in 1936 by the Rev. BEF Mitchell who was mayor of St Albans from 1936 to 1937. He was awarded the Military Cross in the First World War in recognition of his exemplary gallantry in the face of the enemy.
To volunteer during the Poppy Appeal contact Don Dell, Chairman of the St Albans Branch on 07747 467836.
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