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Fighter planes arrive in Bexleyheath as Poppy Appeal launch raises more than £10,000

PUBLISHED: 14:20 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:23 30 October 2017

Bexleyheath Poppy Appeal launch 2017. Nigel Barrett Photography

Bexleyheath Poppy Appeal launch 2017. Nigel Barrett Photography

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The launch took place over the weekend

Bexleyheath Poppy Appeal launch 2017. Nigel Barrett PhotographyBexleyheath Poppy Appeal launch 2017. Nigel Barrett Photography

Thousands of pounds has been raised to help support veterans and their families as Bexleyheath launched this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Volunteers from the Royal British Legion were joined by army, air, sea and police cadets as each group told passers-by of their activity in the community.

After pulling crowds in two years ago, a replica of the iconic Spitfire MKII was displayed along the Broadway next to a Hurricane, a Messerschmitt Me-109 and a Flying Flea replica.

Shoppers also witnessed a performance from the Rock Choir.

Bexleyheath Poppy Appeal launch 2017. Nigel Barrett PhotographyBexleyheath Poppy Appeal launch 2017. Nigel Barrett Photography

Tony Garratt Bexleyheath’s town centre manager said: “The weekend’s activities have been a great success and it has been a great honour for the town to host such an important event.

“All the volunteers have worked very hard to achieve such a huge amount in fundraising and thanks to the Rock Choir as well who came and entertained.

“Once again the display planes drew huge crowds and it was wonderful to see so many people come out to enjoy our event and support this wonderful cause.”

The two day event over the weekend saw £10,877.68 raised for the RBL, which provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community, including serving men and women, veterans and their families.

With the appeal now underway, the RBL will be selling poppies throughout the borough in the build up to Remembrance Sunday.

Danny Taylor branch committee member of The Royal British Legion Bexleyheath and Welling branch said: “Our thanks to the BID for organising this event and for arranging the military planes.

“We always get a great response to the Poppy Appeal in Bexleyheath and we would also like to thank the BID for the generous donation to the appeal and their continued support.

“We also owe a huge thank you to all of the local cadet units for their involvement in fundraising.

“There were numerous other volunteers hard at work as well and we are very grateful for their time and their efforts and of course the public’s generosity.”

The RBL will be continuing to collect around Bexleyheath and Welling at the Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath ASDA, Welling Morrisons and Welling Tesco.

On Remembrance Sunday there will be a service held at Bexleyheath War Memorial led by reverend Trevor Wyatt from Christ Church.

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