Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 121( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps 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 2016 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
The Nuneaton & Stockingford Branch of the Royal British Legion launched its Poppy Appeal, on Saturday 29th October. It was an occasion for both Old Soldiers, younger members of the town's cadet forces and other organisations to stand shoulder to shoulder in an effort to heighten awareness of the appeal and help it off to a flying start.
The colourful parade of Standard bearers, ex-servicemen and women and representatives from the cadet forces marched from the United Reformed Church into the Market Place for the ceremony to launch the appeal.
This dignified and emotive ceremony to launch the annual appeal, brought the Nuneaton town centre to a virtual standstill as people gathered to remember those who have, and are still, putting their lives on the line for their country.
During the ceremony, the standard bearers from the Royal British Legion, ex-service organisations and cadet forces dipped their standards in salute for a minutes silence in between the Last Post and Reveille.
Following the ceremony cadets from 121 Squadron joined other Poppy Appeal collectors as the general public began making donations.
Some of the Squadron's cadets teamed up with the crew from Anker Radio who were also promoting the Poppy Appeal launch, broadcasting live from the Nuneaton Market. Much to the delight of the cadets and passers-by the Anker Radio team challenged the cadets, On Air, to sell as many poppies as they could in the time it took them to play a record. The forfeit if they didnít sell any poppies before the record finished was that they had to dance to the next record. I donít think I have ever seen cadets having so much fun selling poppies and the public also appreciated the entertainment as they gave so generously to the appeal.
Archie Smith, Poppy Organiser for the Nuneaton & Stockingford branch of the RBL said, “We are always looking for volunteers to help with the Poppy Appeal and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the young cadets for their vital support.”
Flt Lt Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “The cadets always welcome 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”.
He added, “Cadets from all three services will be out collecting in the town again next two Saturdays doing their bit to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Hopefully the people of Nuneaton will be able to give generously and do their bit to help the Royal British Legion, to safeguard the welfare, interests and memory of those who have and are still serving in the Armed Forces”.
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