The timetable for the 2015 Poppy Appeal in Driffield has been announced with collections and fundraisers spreading four weeks through the autumn.
Remembrance services and events are to be held throughout the town from Saturday 24th October until Wednesday 11th November to remember those who fell in honour of their country.
The appeal has been organised as usual by the Driffield branch of the Royal British Legion who from 1st October 2014 until 30th September 2015 raised an incredible £18,180.38, beating the previous best by around £1,500.
Secretary of the Driffield Branch, John Forrester, gave thanks to those who donated and spoke of the progression of the appeal since he first joined around 30 years ago.
“It was a great achievement last year to raise so much.
“I think with it being the 70th anniversary it maybe helped slightly but it shows how much the appeal has progressed over the years.
“When I first joined we were only laying about five or so wreaths but this year we’re expecting up to 25.
“We’ve also got the scouts and guides involved over the last 10 years when they weren’t previously and also there are three monuments at the Garden of Remembrance.
“This year, on Sunday 8th November, we will have a parade for the first time in many years which is great to bring it back.”
Below are a list of dates for the upcoming appeal and remembrance services:
- 24th October to 8th November – house to house collections, as well as a number of pubs and shops where poppies can be obtained for donations to the Poppy Appeal.
- Saturday 31st October – Military Whist Drive at Hutton Cranswick WI Hall, 7:30pm.
- Sunday 1st November – Children’s service at Bridlington Road Cemetery at 10:30am, hosted by Driffield in Bloom.
- Thursday 5th November – Royal British Legion charity market stall.
- Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November – street collections for Poppy Appeal.
- Saturday 7th November – Driffield Silver Band concert at Old Town Hall, Driffield from 7:15pm. Tickets £5 and are on sale at market stall or on the door.
- Sunday 8th November – parade from 1:45pm from Middle Street south entrance to Tesco car park to All Saints Parish Church.
Service of remembrance at the church from 2:30pm, conducted by the Clergy of Driffield Churches together. (Main Street will be closed).
- Wednesday 11th November – Armistice of Remembrance in Garden of Remembrance at 10:55am. Short service and two minute silence observed at 11am. Mayor Rogers invited to lay wreath on behalf of residents. Small crosses available for those who wish to pay their own silent tribute.
For further information on this year’s poppy appeal or remembrance services, please do not hesitate to contact John Forrester.