Budleigh's Poppy Appeal shop opens

PUBLISHED: 06:30 05 November 2016

The new Poppy Appeal shop is open. Ref exb Poppy shop open-2. Picture: Peter Bowler

The new Poppy Appeal shop is open. Ref exb Poppy shop open-2. Picture: Peter Bowler

Picture: Peter Bowler

The opening of a temporary fundraising shop in Budleigh Salterton has once again marked the start of the town's Poppy Appeal.

Seven-year-old Jessica Garnett holding one of the shrouds which can be seen at the Poppy Appeals shop in The Lawn.Seven-year-old Jessica Garnett holding one of the shrouds which can be seen at the Poppy Appeals shop in The Lawn.

A crowd of some 20 people gathered for the opening of the Royal British Legion shop in The Lawn.

The shop was opened by vice-chairman of Budleigh Salterton Royal British Legion Roger Bass.

This is the second year that owner Harry Carter has allowed the appeal to use the building, which helped the appeal to raise nearly £10,000 last year – a record for the town’s Poppy Appeal.

Organiser Glenn Sismore-Hunt believes the shop is crucial to the fundraising effort, giving them a focal point in the town centre.

He said: “It’s a great asset because we raised quite a lot of money last year. It makes it easy for people to pop in – it just helps us to spread the word.”

This year, the shop will feature an exhibition on wartime Budleigh Salterton put together by historian Nick Loman, who has lived in the town since birth.

Glenn said: “This year people can come in and see the exhibition. People seem to like coming in to reminisce over old Budleigh.”

He also thanked Nick Loman for his help and Harry Carter for allowing them to use the building.

There is also one of the 19,420 12-inch ‘shrouds’ which were placed in Northernhay Gardens, Exeter, last year to represent each of the soldiers who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

This model was provided by district and town councillor Tom Wright, who purchased the shroud. All proceeds from the sale went to Soldiers, Sailors and Airforce Association (SSAFA).

This year’s Remembrance Sunday march, on November 13, will see around 30 members of the Military and Public Services Academy, in Bicton, join in.

The parade will begin at the war memorial, Coastguard Hill, at 2pm where wreaths will be laid.

People will then march through the town to St Peter’s Church, in The Lawn, for the service.

Refreshments will be served afterwards in Peter Hall.

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