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Poppy Appeal launches in Havering

PUBLISHED: 10:49 04 November 2010

Amy Stanley, with stepmum Katie Wright and Poppy Appeal collector, veteran Roy Wilson

Amy Stanley, with stepmum Katie Wright and Poppy Appeal collector, veteran Roy Wilson

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SOLDIERS past and present were honoured at a special ceremony as part of the launch of Havering’s Poppy Appeal.

Melvin Wallace, Deputy Mayor for Havering  joins Michael White, Leader of the Council and Angela Watkinson, MP for Romford & Hornchurch as part of the launch of the Poppy Appeal to form a Legion Guard of Honour, as the first poppies of this year's Royal British Legion Appeal

Upminster and Hornchurch MP Angela Watkinson joined forces with Havering Deputy Mayor Cllr Melvin Wallace and the Leader of the Council Michael White as part of the annual event by the Royal British Legion on Wednesday November 3 in the Mall Shopping Centre, Romford.

General Manager of The Mall, Romford Peter Callagher said: “We are, once again, honoured to be the starting point for the 2010 Appeal.

Melvin Wallace, Deputy Mayor for Havering will join Michael White, Leader of the Council and Angela Watkinson, MP for Romford & Hornchurch, to form a Legion Guard of Honour, as the first poppies of this year's Royal British Legion Appeal in Romford are sold in the Mall. Ram Morrison, George Empson the Deputy  Mayor ,Roy Wilson and Angela Watkinson launch the Poppy Appeal

“It is very important that we remember those who selflessly gave their lives fighting for their country and I think the present situation in Afghanistan puts this in the public mind.”

The event also included a guard of honour by members of the Royal British Legion and it was attended by the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, representatives from the Police Cadets as well as the Romford Association of National Standard Bearers for the campaign to raise money for members of the Armed Forces and their families.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, who could not attend the event said: “The Poppy Appeal has lots of significance because we remember not just those who died in the previous wars but those currently serving in Afghanistan.

“Its important that we never forget the sacrifice that they made in the First and Second World Wars so that we can have our freedom today.”

This year’s event is hoping to follow on from last year’s appeal where £70,000 was raised in Romford Town Centre.


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