By Ninder Kaur
This year’s Poppy Appeal across the Bradford district has started after the Lord Mayor of Bradford was presented with the first poppy.
The Royal British Legion appeal organiser for Bradford, Barbara Allsopp, presented Councillor
Joanne Dodds with the first symbolic flower of this year’s Poppy Appeal at City Hall.
The lifelong ambassador for the appeal said presenting the Lord Mayor with the first poppy was a tradition dating back to the 1930s.
She added: “It is very important to remember the soldiers who gave their lives, and every year the people of Bradford are the best citizens about for giving to the appeal.”
The Appeal is hoping to raise more money that last year. In Bradford alone, £82,500 was raised, and with the eight branches across the district a total of £220,000 was raised. Mrs Allsopp confirmed that it was up 20 per cent up than the year before.
The money raised through selling poppies goes to The Royal British Legion charity that then offers a wide range of services and support for our veterans, serving personnel and their families.
To mark Armistice Day, which takes place on the 11th November, the Lord Mayor confirmed that the annual remembrance services would be taking place in Bradford and across the district. A Festival of Remembrance service at St George’s Hall will also be taking place. The Lord Mayor said: “There will be representation of all faiths invited where they will able to say a prayer. We do recognise the different faiths who fought during the World War.”
“The British Legion is very important and my grandfather was in the Legion and one of my earliest memories was of him coming into my primary school to sell poppies and it made me so proud, they do a fantastic job,” she added.
Larissa Lister who has been involved in the Poppy Appeal for six years, will be helping with the sale of poppies in supermarkets and shopping centres.
She said: “The kids see something with a poppy on and want to get involved and we want to get the younger generation involved in the appeal to keep it going, as some of our volunteers are old and some are ill and can’t man their stalls in supermarkets.”
Members of the Royal British Legion are also encouraging volunteers to come forward and help