Late October saw the launch of the Poppy appeal with quite a fanfare.
In Cathedral Square, whilst the Mayor looked on, Bagpipe players officially launched the start of this year’s Poppy appeal.
Run once a year by the Royal British Legion for the two weeks leading up to the 11th of the 11th, marking the end of the First World War.
The caravan on Bridge Street they use as base each year is well known to everyone in Peterborough, however this year for the first time they had a stall set up in Queensgate as well as the usual poppy sellers.
This year also George Bennett, who runs Peterborough’s Poppy appeal, grew a beard and shaved off in public to raise money for the appeal.
Remembrance Sunday will see the Mayor, John Peach and leading figures of Peterborough lay wreaths at the City’s war memorial on Bridge streeeet. This was followed by a service at the Cathedral. Two minutes silence was observed.
The procession will then make its way to Peterborough Cathedral for a service of remembrance at 10.30am. During the service the congregation will observe two minutes’ silence.
A service, which everyone is welcome to attend, will also be held at the war memorial at 11am and observe the two minute silence. A procession after the service also included Veterans, RAF Wittering and a range off cadets. On the 11/11/2015 a short service was also held with the Mayor in attendance. The Mayor said
“Remembrance Sunday is an important annual event for us all to pay our respects to those who lost their lives in combat. I would also urge people to support the annual Poppy Appeal. Wearing a poppy not only remembers lost lives, but also assists the servicemen and women of today.”
Of course its not just these two weeks that the Legion are helping those in need. Help and raising awareness is constant. This is also along side other charities like Royal Voluntary Service.
Unfortunately this year was also tarnished slightly. Not just by the theft of a tin from the Great Northern Hotel but by one of the Peterborough’s homeless who sings about free smiles, who attacked one volunteer and told another to “do one.” However the Legions Parade Marshall said about this years appeal “It was the best one I have done.”