Saturday 26th October the band of 121(Nuneaton) Squadron ATC joined
representatives of the Royal British Legion and other ex-service
organisations in the Nuneaton Market Place for a ceremony to mark
the launch of the 2002 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Lt Col
Pope Officer Commanding 30 Signal Regiment Bramcote, the Mayor of
Nuneaton and Bedworth Cllr Ashford and Ted Sears the RBL branch
president and many other civic heads and army representatives were
This dignified and emotive ceremony brought the Nuneaton town centre
to a virtual standstill as people gathered to remember those who
have died in conflict. During the ceremony the standard bearers
from the Royal British Legion and other ex-service organisations
dipped their standards, in salute, as Warrant Officer Steve Anderson
of 121 Squadron played the Last Post and Reveille.
Following the ceremony cadets from 121 Squadron joined other Poppy
Appeal collectors as the general public began making donations.
Shoppers and passers by were entertained by the 121 Squadron band
who were joined by Sgt. Brian Ferris a piper from the band of the
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. The band played a variety of wartime
favourites and other popular tunes. The band's drummers relished
the opportunity to accompany a piper. It was a completely new experience
for them and one they couldn't wait to repeat.
Don Jacques, the Nuneaton & Stockingford Poppy Appeal organiser
estimated that by the end of the day over £1000 would have
been collected which was a magnificent start to the 2002 appeal.
Following the success of this event, the band and collectors of
121 Squadron once again accompanied by the piper, Sgt. Brian Ferris,
returned to the Nuneaton town centre Market Place on Saturday 9th
November in order to give the Poppy Appeal a further boost.
Flt Lt Crewe Officer Commanding 121 Squadron said that everyone
who took part should be congratulated on their performance and that
the cadets welcomed the opportunity to help the RBL with the Poppy
Appeal. It is important that the younger generation understand the
real meaning of the poppy collection and why remembrance day is
so significant. Having the band perform in the town centre enabled
our cadets to help the RBL to heighten the public awareness of the
collection as well as being good publicity for the Squadron. The
Poppy Appeal is a good way for the Squadron to help the Royal British
Legion, to safeguard the welfare, interests and memory of those
who have served in the Armed Forces.