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Bexleyheath town centre to launch 2016 poppy appeal this weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:29 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:29 26 October 2016

Local figures gather around a Spitfire in Bexleyheath town centre in 2015.

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The event is in partnership with the Royal British Legion

Military service vehicles from past and present will line a town centre this weekend to launch 2016’s poppy appeal.

On Saturday and Sunday, Bexleyheath town centre will host the display, with active army personnel, air cadets and police cadets on hand to talk to passers-by.

Visitors will be able to step into the Great War Trench Experience, and other military exhibition stands.

“As we continue to mark the anniversary years of the First World War and centenary of the Battle of Somme, Bexleyheath is preparing to launch this year’s appeal” commented town centre manager, Tony Garratt.

He added: “this was a very popular event last year with a full-size replica Spitfire in the town and we expect this year to be equally as special. We hope to raise thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion who do such important fundraising within our community.”

The Poppy Appeal is The Royal British Legion’s annual fundraising appeal starting in late October and running through to Remembrance Sunday on 13th November 13.

The Bexleyheath BID have sponsored over 100 Giant Poppies to be placed on each lamp column along the Broadway, Bexleyheath.

In addition, there will be a ceremony at Christ Church starting at 11am on October 29 to open the Garden of Remembrance in the presence of the deputy mayor of Bexley and led by the Reverend Trevor Wyatt. There will be crosses to commemorate the sacrifice of Bexley residents who served in the armed forces in conflicts since 1914.


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