Poppy Appeal launched in Welwyn Garden City

MOTORCYCLISTS, a brass band and marching cadets were all on hand as the Royal British Legion launched its annual Poppy Appeal in WGC.

The charity, which provides care and support for ex-British servicemen and their families, organised a parade along Howardsgate on Saturday, which culminated in a brief ceremony outside the Howard Centre.

During this ceremony, the cadets presented poppies to a number of dignitaries, including borough deputy mayor Howard Morgan and colonel Kevin FitzGerald, county president of the Hertfordshire branch of the Royal British Legion.

This year’s Poppy Appeal will collect money for those wounded or bereaved during the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

Speaking after the launch, councillor Morgan said: “The past 12 bloody months of conflict have increased the need for our help both today and for years to come.

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“Despite the current economic hardships, we trust the people of Hertfordshire will show their sympathy and support for those who have sacrificed on behalf of their country.”

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