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Skipton Mayor launches 2013 Poppy Appeal
9:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Skipton mayor Coun John Kerwin Davey has launched the area’s 2013 Poppy Appeal.
During the short ceremony held at the town’s Craven Court shopping centre, a veteran’s badge was presented to Sutton-in-Craven man Malcolm Smith.
Mr Smith, who served as corporal in the RAF from 1959-1962, said: “I am proud to receive it.”
Poppy Appeal organisers are hoping that, despite difficult financial times, this year’s total will once again exceed the £30,000 mark.
“It is going well, but we would like some more helpers,” said Royal British Legion chairman and Poppy Appeal organiser Alex Bentley.
Plans are also well advanced for this year’s Remembrance Sunday service on Sunday, November 10.
It will be the first one to be held since Skipton’s war memorial was rededicated with the name of 29-year-old Gareth Thursby added to the plaque.
Sgt Thursby, from Skipton and a member of the Yorkshire Regiment, died in September last year after he was gunned down by a rogue Afghan policeman inside a checkpoint in Helmand Province.
“Members of Gareth’s family will be present at the Remembrance service and soldiers from his regiment will lay a wreath on his behalf,” said Mr Bentley. “In total, we expect about 50 wreaths to be laid on the day.”
Once again, the parade will assembly on Bunkers Hill at 10.35am and past and present members of the armed forces, civic dignitaries and representatives of local organisations will march to the war memorial for a short ceremony at 11am, followed by a service at Holy Trinity Church.
They will then march back to the White Rose Club, with the salute taken by Deputy Lieutenant Brigadier Johnny Wardle.
A week later, on Sunday, November 17, a stone memorial will be unveiled in the Soroptimist Garden in Newmarket Street, commemorating the sacrifice made by Sgt Thursby and Royal Marine Anthony Hotine, who lost his life in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2010 and whose grandmother Carol Smith lives in Skipton.
The memorial has been created by Mr Bentley and Legion treasurer Stewart Cracknell, using stone donated by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
nAnyone who can help with the Poppy Appeal should contact Mr Bentley on 01756 752282.
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