Mayor's message of support for Poppy Appeal
I am honoured as the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough to be in a position to appeal for your support for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2017, which takes place between 26 October and 11 November.
This year marks 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele during World War One and it is also 100 years since the creation of the British Army's first all-female unit; two anniversaries that are being remembered during this year’s Poppy Appeal. As always, the appeal gives us a chance to reflect and remember the fallen and also pay tribute to our current serving military personnel.
Every year millions of pounds are raised by the Poppy Appeal to support the Armed Forces community. All money goes directly to its welfare work with serving service personnel, veterans and their families, so I am appealing to all those living and working in our borough community to get involved and help to raise as much as possible for the appeal.
Your donations will help bereaved families to Live On, wounded service men and women to Live On, younger veterans seeking employment and housing to Live On and older veterans needing age-related care to Live On.
You can get a poppy from one of the many poppy volunteers in the town centres of Filey, Scarborough and Whitby in return for a donation to The Royal British Legion. Please give as much as you can afford and if you have a few hours to spare, you might also want to consider becoming a poppy volunteer. Anyone over 16 years of age can help, all you need to do is apply online at britishlegion.org.uk or call 0808 802 8080.
The following remembrance events are taking place in our borough’s three main towns and I encourage you to support them if you can. The Mayoress and I and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress will be proud to join you at some of them.
- Friday 10 November, 7.00pm – The Royal British Legion remembrance concert at Filey Methodist Church, Union Street. Tickets (£5 each) available from the poppy volunteers at Tesco supermarket from 28 October. Any remaining tickets will be available at the church on the night of the concert. All money from the sale of tickets will go directly to The Royal British Legion.
- Sunday 12 November, 9.30am – service at St Oswald’s Church, Church Hill, followed by parade to the Memorial Gardens on Murray Street for remembrance, the laying of wreaths and two minutes silence at 11.00am.
- Sunday 5 November, 11.45am – the laying of crosses in the Garden of Remembrance, Alma Square.
- Saturday 11 November, 10.45am - short service of remembrance followed by two minutes silence at 11.00am, Alma Square.
- Sunday 12 November, 9.30am - moving service of remembrance at Queen Street Methodist Hall, involving the joining together and blessing of standards and wreaths, a drumhead ceremony, the reading of a ‘Last Letter Home’ and poppies falling during a two minutes silence. The service continues at the RNLI, Foreshore Road at 10.45am, led by the Band of Scarborough Sea Cadets. A two minutes silence will be observed at 11.00am, signalled by a loud bang at the start and end of the silence.
- Sunday 12 November, 10.40am – annual Royal British Legion remembrance service, Oliver’s Mount war memorial, followed by two minutes silence at 11.00am.
- Saturday 11 November, 10.45am - Armistice Day service, to include the laying of wreaths, at the War Memorial, Dock End.
- Saturday 11 November, 2.30pm - service of remembrance for those who were lost at sea, at the bandstand, Pier Road.
- Sunday 12 November, 2.30pm – service of remembrance and the laying of wreaths at St. Mary's Church.
Finally, may I ask that as always when making your generous donations this year, that you remember the fallen and also those that fought and survived who all need our help to Live On.