THE ALCESTER branch of the Royal British Legion are gearing up for the town’s Remembrance Sunday parade in honour of our brave soldiers who died fighting for this country.
Locals are invited to the official launch of Alcester’s Poppy Appeal next Saturday (October 24) at Malt Mill Lane Community Centre which, for just £1, will include refreshments.
From that day on poppy sellers will be in the town and stationed outside Waitrose whilst a ‘pop-up’ Poppy Shop will be based in the old Midland Bank on the High Street between October 31 and November 7.
Appeal organiser Dave Malin, said: “Last year we raised just over £14,000 for the Poppy Appeal but I hope to do even better this year – we have extra volunteers for the collections and the Poppy Shop should boost our total – we look forward to receiving the towns continued support.”
The branch will hold its annual Festival of Remembrance Concert at the Greig Hall on Gunnings Road on November 7 featuring Alcester Male Voice Choir and the Alcester Victoria Silver Band.
The town’s Remembrance Sunday Parade and church service is on November 8, with participants assembling in Bleachfield Street at 10.30am to march to St Nicholas Church for an 11am outdoor service and wreath laying before an indoor service.
During the event, the original name plaques from the War Memorial will be dedicated in their new home at The War Memorial Town Hall.
The Legion will host a further Armistice Day Parade on November 11 itself, with participants gathering outside Guys Menswear at 10.40am ready to march to St Nicholas Church for the 11am outdoor service and two-minute silence.
For more information call Dave Malin on 01789 400427.