THE Sussex Poppy Appeal launched in a spectacular fashion at an event hosted by Tesco in St Leonards.
Just before 11am on Saturday (October 29), a parade of 40, led by the Kingfisher Scout Band from Eastbourne, marched from St Leonards Motors, in John Macadam Way, through the car park, and into the Tesco Extra store.
At 11am, town crier John Batholomew started proceedings inside the store, and around £500 was raised on the day for the Poppy Appeal,
Among those involved were the sea and army cadets, the ex-service associations of the town, Mayor Kim Forward, and Deputy Mayor Alan Roberts, and Hastings MP Amber Rudd.
Ms Rudd said: “I would like to thank Tesco for its great support for the celebration event of the 90th Anniversary of the Royal British Legion and the launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal in Hastings.”
From the Royal British Legion were county manager Lt Col Michael Reeve-Tucker OBE, president and vice president of the Hastings Branch, Michael Foster and Richard Stevens. Rod Pelling, chairman of the Hastings branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “It was a very good day. Particular thanks go to Tesco for hosting it.”
In the afternoon the cadets took part in a bag-packing session, and a display of poppy-themed original artwork from Robsack and Hollington primary schools was unveiled.
The Poppy Shop will be in store until Saturday, November 12, selling a range of items in support of the Poppy Appeal.
A two-minute silence organised by the Royal British Legion, will take place next Friday (November 11) at 11am, in Priory Meadow.
The annual Act of Remembrance will be held next Sunday (November 13) at 11am, at the war memorial in Alexandra Park.