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Poppy Appeal 2003

2nd of December 2003

Once again, on time, the weather deteriorated just as our intrepid team of collectors set out, but undeterred they have all done splendidly (though several were disappointed in the response to their charm offensive) and I am most grateful to the new recruits for filling gaps. Congratulations to Sylvia Brewerton, Helen Harmer, Julia Huskinson and Sylvia Oliver on 20 years service! 1 shall have the pleasure of presenting them with tokens of appreciation from the Legion. Many thanks to all the pubs, shops and businesses who displayed boxes – especially Peter Bone at the Royal Oak and Andrew Miles and his staff at Wyevale Garden Centre for record collections – and to the meticulous team of wranglers who counted the takings superbly.
To my delight, we have increased our total by 10% – to £2,787; perhaps the news from Iraq has reminded people of the continuing need for the Legion’s work, whether or not they agreed on the justification for that war.
There is no doubt that it is a struggle to keep up interest in the Legion as the numbers of people who remember the Second World War – the last which really affected everybody in this country – are steadily diminishing. The Legion’s leaflets make it clear that there is still a need and that their work is vital. In supporting them we are in a small way paying our debt to those who suffered or died for our freedom.
Anne Wyburd Honorary Appeal Organiser

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