Remembrance Day 2019: More than £2,400 raised for Poppy Appeal after ‘moving’ service in Elm Park

Police officers with Father Tom Keighley in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn

Police officers with Father Tom Keighley in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn - Credit: Archant

Elm Park residents were greeted with sunny weather for this year’s Remembrance Day parade and service.

Police officers with Father Tom Keighley in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn

Police officers with Father Tom Keighley in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn - Credit: Archant

The Remembrance Day parade was led by the Haverettes Band, Rev Amanda Keighley, Father Tom Keighley and councillor Barry Mugglestone.

It began at 10.45am outside the Royal British Legion (RBL) centre in Maylands Avenue.

Police officers with Father Tom Keighley in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn

Police officers with Father Tom Keighley in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn - Credit: Archant

RBL standard bearers, pupils from R J Mitchell School, Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas and members from Elm Park's brownies, guides, cubs and scout groups joined the commemorative march.

An afternoon of fund raising following in the RBL club, with an auction which raised £1,442, a raffle which raised £620 and a variety of activities which brought the total to £2,409 for the Poppy Appeal.

Police officers with Father Tom Keighley in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn

Police officers with Father Tom Keighley in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn - Credit: Archant


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Councillor Nunn told the Recorder: "After a moving church service in St Nicholas where wreaths were laid, the parade marched back through the centre of Elm Park to the RBL branch.

"We would like to thank everyone who supported our wonderful parade on the day and all the shops and businesses who kindly donated auction and raffle prizes.

Police officers with Father Tom Keighley in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn

Police officers with Father Tom Keighley in Elm Park. Picture: Stephanie Nunn - Credit: Archant

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"We hope Joanne White, the Poppy Appeal organiser, raises even more money this year than last year's total of £40,000."

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