Replica fighter planes and military vehicles to arrive in Bexleyheath for Poppy Appeal 2017
PUBLISHED: 09:27 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:27 19 October 2017
The appeal will be launched on October 28
The launch of 2017’s Poppy Appeal will see Bexleyheath thrown back in time next week.
Uniformed re-enactors will fill the town centre, along with retired military vehicles and fighter plane replicas as the Royal British Legion starts raising money once more.
A full weekend of events has been organised by Bexleyheath’s Business Improvement District in partnership with the RBL.
Visitors to to the town centre on October 28 and 29 will be able to see the Spitfire MKII replica along with a Hurricane, a Messerschmitt Me-109 and a Flying Flea replica.
The displays will serve as a reminder of the Battle of Britain, cited by many as a turning point in the Second World War.
Joining the replicas will be military vehicles including the 101 Land Rover, Willis Jeep and Scammel Recovery truck, while re-enactors will be on hand to speak to visitors young and old about life during the war.
Poppies will line the town’s lampposts while the RBL will have its own stand, as it starts collecting money to support veterans, current servicemen and women and their families.
Units from the police, air, army, marine and sea cadets will also be on hand talking to passers by.
To launch the appeal and remember the servicemen and women who fought for their country, a church ceremony will take place at Chris Church at 11am on October 28, to mark the opening of the Garden of Remembrance.
After the service, Dignitaries will proceed to the Clock Tower in Bexleyheath Town Centre to visit the Royal British Legion marquee and other Poppy Appeal launch day activities.
Town centre manager Tony Garratt commented “This is one of the most important events on the Bexleyheath Town Centre Calendar. We are delighted to be able to support the Royal British Legion as they commence their annual Poppy Appeal, and urge people to make a point of visiting the town centre over the weekend, to get involved and to support the RBL fundraising efforts. We hope that it can be an event of discovery, reflection and remembrance.”
The events run from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, October 28 and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, October 29.