Wartime Bus Visits Cleator Moor as 2016 Poppy Appeal is Declared Open

An open-top wartime bus visited Cleator Moor today as the 2016 Poppy Appeal got underway.

Dozens of residents joined veterans, servicemen and dignitaries in Cleator Moor as members of the Royal British Legion and town councillors declared the appeal officially open.

This year, The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too. For many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars and the Legion wants to raise awareness of a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support.

Alan Whitmore, Community Fundraiser for Cumbria and the Isle of Man Royal British Legion, said: “We have kindly been lent two buses from Cumbria Classic Cars, which have been on different two routes; one went south to Barrow, and the other set off from Carlisle, passing through Wigton, Workington, Cleator Moor and Keswick before both buses meet at Penrith.”

Local councillors thanked the community for their continuous support before declaring the 2016 Poppy Appeal officially open. The fundraising target for the 2016 Poppy Appeal is a record £43m, with more than 45 million poppies being distributed by 150,000 dedicated collectors across the country.

If you would like to organise a fund raising event for the Cumbria Poppy Appeal and need help with banners, materials or collection tins, please contact Margaret or Colin on 01228-537304.

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