Can all parties please respect the annual poppy appeal and let us avoid controversy on this matter this year if at all possible.
Here is the text of the letter sent from the New Mills Poppy Appeal Organisers (Jeff Lawton, Pam & Tony Lawton) to New Mills Town Council:
"We wish to inform you that the ‘Poppy Launch’ in our town will take place from 9.30am on the 25th October 2014. We will have a display, poppy merchandise and effects prominently positioned on the ‘Prom’. The purpose of this launch is to promote the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for this year.
It provides an occasion for a ‘show of support’ from our community to our armed forces personnel, their relations, families and friends and our collectors are much in evidence during that day. We must remember that 2014 is the centenary of the start of WW1.
We have invited the Mayor of the High Peak, Cllr Alan Barrow to formally launch our appeal and he will attend in New Mills at 09.45am. He will attend other similar events in the High Peak later that day and we are grateful to him.
We would like to invite all members of the Council to join us either at the ‘opening’ or during the day. We are pleased that Councillors have used this day as an opportunity to assist with the collection and sale of poppies around the town. Around 140 Poppy Boxes will have been placed in our shops, schools and businesses. The regular spots for collection are Sainsbury’s, the Co-op and ‘Foy’s Corner’.
Our ‘team’ of collectors is small in number but highly dedicated! If any of you can help with collections during the 2 weeks of the Appeal, we would be delighted. Please let us know beforehand, as there is a small amount of ‘admin’ to complete for every collector. We know our scouts and guides will help and our cadets have been invited too."
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