Legion members kick off their 2019 Poppy Appeal

A WREATH laying ceremony in the centre circle at Boundary Park forms part of Royton Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for 2019.

Poppy Princess Millie and Latics mascot Chaddy the Owl will walk out to perform the ceremony before Oldham’s Skybet League Two fixture against Northampton Town on Saturday, November 2. Royton RBL members will also hold a Poppy Appeal bucket collection outside the ground from 12noon to 3pm.

The Appeal is launched on October 26 and includes the following collection dates and points: October 26-27-Lidl and Co-op (Royton) and Aldi (Shaw); Thursdays, October 31 and November 7 plus Lidl and Co-op (Royton) and Aldi (Shaw), November 2-3.

On Sunday, November 3, the Legion will hold a service at Royton ceremony from 1pm when crosses, embellished with crosses, will be laid to remember the town’s fallen service personnel.

Oldham’s Festival of Remembrance takes place at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday, November 8 from 6pm.

On Remembrance Sunday (November 10) the Legion will meet at Radcliffe Street a 10.30am for their service in Royton Park.

The Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander, and Youth Mayor Samah Khalil were guests of honour at the Royton branch’s meeting at Royton Cricket Club for the handover of two Roll of Honour books produced by member Maria Hanley.

The books will be displayed in Royton Library. They are a comprehensive record to recognise and commemorate Royton service personnel killed in the First and Second World Wars.

Both books, the results of six months of painstaking research by Maria, wherever possible have a short write-up about each person and a photo of their respective headstone.

They also contain when and where the casualties lost their lives and details about their Regiment or Corps along with information about where their Commonwealth War Grave is located.

Pictured above: Mayor of Oldham Cllr Ginny Alexander, Poppy Princess Millie, Major Eddy Hardaker and Youth Mayor Samah Khalil.


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