Camberley Royal British Legion Initial Poppy Launch Day

Mike Hillman British Legion Poppy Appeal Lakeside Image00049On Saturday 1 November, Camberley Town Centre will play host to its first Poppy Launch Day in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Starting at 9am on Park Street, the event will feature entertainment and displays from Stagecoach Theatre Group, Camberley Martial Arts and Liberty Gymnastics clubs plus live 1940s swing music from The Three Belles and a solo artist Kay.  There will also be a static display of vintage military vehicles and motorbikes from the Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion.

At 10.50am a parade of the Royal British Legion Standard Bearers, the Royal British Legion Brolly Ladies, Sea cadets, Army Cadets, ATC and representatives from the scouting organisations, will march the length of Park Street accompanied by the Deepcut Army Cadet Band.  At 11am a maroon will be fired, then the exhortation by the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Bob Patton followed by a 30 seconds silence.  The Mayor will then officially open the day and afterwards poppies will be presented to the mayoral party by a Poppy Petal and another will read a special poem.

The fun will then continue for the rest of the day featuring a multitude of singers, dancers and performers who will be giving up their time to hopefully encourage onlookers to give generously to this great cause.

Camberley Royal British Legion Chairman, David Kemp said: “The Camberley Royal British Legion has been extremely successful over the years in raising money for the Poppy Appeal but in this centenary year we wanted to do something extra special that would involve the whole community.  We’ve really pulled out all the stops to provide something for everyone and I would like to thank all of the organisations and individuals that are giving up their time to make, what is sure to be a fantastic day possible.”

About The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces – past and present and their families. The Legion is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.

Founded in 1921, the Legion is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.

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