THE people of Redditch have been so supportive of the Royal British Legion that the local branch sold out of special pin badges marking 100 years since Armistice Day in 1918.
Poppy collection organiser Gerry Marsden had to put in a rush order for more – as well as more of the tradition paper ones.
“Redditch is a fantastic town to live in and the people are fantastic too, they are so supportive of us,” he said.
“They have taken in people from all over the world and made the mwelcome and for Remembrance Sunday they have really stepped up to the plate.”
He was speaking after the official launch of the 2018 Poppy Appeal in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre an appeal which offers local people the chance to say ‘Thank You’ to the generation who served, sacrificed and saved this country.
This year the Legion is leading a movement to recognise the contribution of the entire First World War generation including those who served, the Commonwealth, women, children, pioneers and artists.
On the day Gerry was joined in Worcester Square by the Mayor, Councillor Juliet Brunner, veterans and many local people.
“Everyone has a connection to the First World War, and we all have a reason to say ‘Thank You’ for the legacy that extraordinary generation left for us,” added Gerry.
“The First World War left countless legacies that positively impact our lives today, from ground breaking social change and timeless works of art to pioneering innovations.
“As we come to the end of the First World War Centenary now is the time to come together in our communities and say ‘Thank You.’
“This Poppy Appeal wear your poppy with pride to support the Armed Forces community past and present. Every donation received will make a real difference to the lives of Service men and women, veterans and their loved ones.”
The fundraising target around the Redditch area is £45,000, which will go towards the Legion’s biggest ever national target of £50 million to continue its vital work delivering practical, through life care and support to the Armed Forces community.