Todmorden ready to remember with Poppy Appeal and parade

November 2011 - poppies put together for this year's Poppy Appeal by Brenda Whiting, of B'Dz of Todmorden

November 2011 - poppies put together for this year's Poppy Appeal by Brenda Whiting, of B'Dz of Todmorden

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AS Remembrance Day approaches, Todmorden Royal British Legion has confirmed this week’s upcoming services and other fundraisers are also doing their bit to boost this year’s Poppy Appeal total.

The Legion’s Poppy Appeal organiser thanks all who have helped in any way with this year’s appeal, from collectors to businesses and organisations who have helped by fundraising activities which have ranged from cupcake baking to knitting poppies as well as raffles and other generous donations.

He said it is hoped that the money raised will be an increase on last year’s total of £10,034.17, which was an increase of 25 per cent on the previous year, although some venues have been lost during the year.

Anyone interested in helping with the Poppy Appeal can contact the organiser on 0794 1195488.

There will be a short ceremony of remembrance at 11am tomorrow, Friday, November 11, at the Garden of Remembrance in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.

However the main parade and march will be on Sunday, November 13, when at 10.30am the Royal British Legion will parade from Stansfield Road, Todmorden, to the Garden of Remembrance, where a service and wreath-laying will take place at 11am.

Afterwards the parade will return to White Hart Fold to fall out, and refreshments will be available at the British Legion club, where old comrades can be remembered.

RBL members are also reminded of the annual meeting on Thursday, November 17, at the club (8.30pm).

l TODMORDEN shop B’Dz have raised funds for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Since June, Brenda Whiting, owner of B’Dz, has been making handcrafted beaded poppies and with the support of the people of Todmorden and the outlying districts, has raised £600.

Brenda said: “I have been quite overwhelmed by the reaction to the poppies and am already taking orders for next year, when I hope we will do even better.”

l THIS Sunday don’t forget that a charity stall to raise money for the RBL is being hosted at Todmorden Market and includes bric-a-brac, books, home-baking and a lucky dip.