Loyal Poppy Appeal collectors honoured

Long service award recipients at the Royal British Legion Sleaford branch presentation evening. Photo: Tony Hall EMN-141209-175609001
Long service award recipients at the Royal British Legion Sleaford branch presentation evening. Photo: Tony Hall EMN-141209-175609001

The dedication of fundraisers for the Royal British Legion was recognised last week at the Sleaford and district branch’s annual presentation evening.

The event, at the Legionnaires Club, in Sleaford, is used to recognise those who raise money selling poppies for the local branch during the annual Poppy Appeal.

Mrs E Roberts receiving her 50 years service award as a poppy collector from Mayor Keith Dolby. EMN-141209-175754001

Mrs E Roberts receiving her 50 years service award as a poppy collector from Mayor Keith Dolby. EMN-141209-175754001

Among those rewarded was Ann Roberts, who has collected for the Poppy Appeal for the last 50 years, starting when as a toddler helping her mother.

She was closely followed by Wilf Bamford with 40 years’ service. Susan Bland and Roy Bland were both awarded for 30 years’ service.

The awards were presented by the Mayor of Sleaford, Coun Keith Dolby.

On October 18, to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and launch this year’s Poppy Appeal, the branch is holding a Poppy Prom, featuring music and poetry of the period, in St George’s Academy’s hall.

Tickets are now on sale at £8 each from Wilcox and Carter Jewellers, 10 Bristol Arcade, Sleaford.