The Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion have launched their annual Poppy Appeal at the Ashington Memorial Garden.

The Appeal, in Ashington, last year raised almost £27,000 for the important work of the Royal British Legion. To support the launch the Civic Head of Ashington, Cllr. Marjorie Chambers, went along to meet members of the Ashington Branch.  Pictured left to right are Mr Richard Fullerton, Ms Brenda Richardson, Cllr. Chambers and Mr John Leslie Dunn.

Mr John Simpson, the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal organiser, said ‘We are always grateful for the generosity of people from the Ashington area in supporting the Poppy Appeal in the period up to Remembrance Day.  The work of the Royal British Legion is vitally important in helping members of our armed forces, veterans and their families as well as remembering those that have fallen’.

The Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion, with support from Ashington Town Council, have now finalised arrangements for the Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 11 November.  The Service is particularly poignant this year given the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I.  The Ashington Parade will take place from the Royal British Legion, on North Seaton Road, along Station Road to the Ashington Memorial Garden on Kenilworth Road. The Parade will commence at 10.30am prompt.  Please note road closures are in place for the Parade and its return along the same route after the Service.

The Remembrance Day Service will take place in the Ashington Memorial Garden at 11am led by the Reverend Michael Hedley with music provided by the Ashington Colliery Band . Reverend Judith Grieve, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, will be in attendance supported by the Royal British Legion, Wansbeck MP Mr Ian Lavery, the Civic Head of Ashington, members and staff from Ashington Town Council and other local civic dignitaries.

Mrs Gloria Leitch, of the Royal British Legion adds ‘We are hopeful that as many people as possible join us for the Parade and Service. The Ashington Memorial Garden provides an ideal setting for the Service and I have no doubt that the people of Ashington will once again turn out in large numbers to demonstrate the genuine pride and respect they have for members of our Armed Forces past and present’.

The traditional Remembrance Day Service will also be held at St. Andrew’s Church, in Bothal, commencing at 3.00pm on Sunday 11 November.

If you can help with the Poppy Appeal contact the Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion on tel: 01670 817 455.