Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Devon Poppy Appeal 2013 launched at Chivenor

12:11 25 October 2013

The launch of the Devon Poppy Appeal today (Fri).

The launch of the Devon Poppy Appeal today (Fri).

Archant

The military and Royal British Legion launch the annual Remembrance appeal with full ceremony in North Devon.

The launch of the Devon Poppy Appeal today (Fri).The launch of the Devon Poppy Appeal today (Fri).

ROYAL Marines bearing wreaths splashed ashore at RMB Chivenor this morning (Friday) to mark the official launch of the 2013 Poppy Appeal launch for Devon.

It is the first launch of the popular appeal in North Devon for several years and in the run up to Remembrance Day on November 11 fund raisers hope to collect at least £1million across the county.

In a poignant ceremony the wreaths were piped ashore while an RAF Seaking hovered overhead, before being presented to four members of Haslar Company, the Devonport based unit for injured and recovering service personnel.

Royal British Legion standard bearers and members from across Devon, including Rear Admiral (ret) Rick Cheadle, president of the Devon Poppy Appeal, were in attendance, together with dignitaries including Barnstaple and Bideford Mayors Lesley Brown and Simon Inch.

The launch of the Devon Poppy Appeal today (Fri).The launch of the Devon Poppy Appeal today (Fri).

Eight Braunton schoolchildren, four each from Southmead and Caen schools, also took part in the launch, as did First Chivenor Sea Scouts and Barnstaple Sea Cadets.

Once safely ashore, the poppy wreaths were taken to the new Chivenor memorial garden for its first official ceremony, with a memorial service.

The wreath were laid at the new memorial wall by the Haslar Company members, each accompanied by a child.

In an address, Colonel Dominic May, RMB Chivenor CO, said public support of the 2013 Devon Poppy Appeal was vital for those who had made the greatest sacrifice for their country and it gave him great pleasure to launch the appeal at Chivenor.

Carole Arnold, county fund raiser for RBL Devon, had organised the event alongside Major Mark Latham at Chivenor: “Today has been absolutely amazing,” she said, “It’s military precision at its best.

“It has been a joy to come up top North Devon and very much an honour to be part of this. Without the public support we could not raise the money that we do for the appeal, so it’s a big thank you to the people of Devon.”

Major Latham added: “I thought the event went extremely well - not only did the weather hold up for us, but the combination of bringing everybody from Chivenor and Instow together to support the appeal was just a delight.”

* CLICK on the galleries to the top right of this page to see more pictures from this morning’s launch,.

0 comments

Other News Stories

The road is currently closed at Newton Tracey after a collision this afternoon (Monday).

Read more
17:36
The Watersmeet House tea room near Lynmouth.

The National Trust says if Watersmeet House can’t be repaired soon, it might never reopen

Read more

Traffic is moving slowly due to a collision on the Link Road at Barnstaple - the day after it was closed following a three-vehicle collision.

Read more
The rock pool at Westward Ho!

The rock pool has been closed today (Monday) to be drained after concerns youths were spotted kicking bottles into it.

Read more
12:27
Barnstaple Mayor Julie Hunt and consort David Hunt open the Barnstaple Fair exhibition at the museum.

Memories of the fair from the past half century are now on show at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Read more
12:38
Retiring Parkham Primary School teacher Nesta Blaine rides the new ‘Rampage’ rollercoaster with Big Sheep owner Rick Turner

Big hearted Mrs Blaine and pupils take a ride on Big Sheep’s newly-named rollercoaster

Read more
Yesterday, 21:44
There was lots to see and do at the All Things Local event hosted by Ilfracombe's Tesco store. Picture: Tony Gussin

All Things Local event drew in the crowds on Saturday

Read more
Yesterday, 12:57
The scene of the accident today (Sunday).

Four vehicles involved in collision near Landkey with two people cut from their vehicles by fire fighters today (Sunday).

Read more
Yesterday, 09:30
Keira Martin, aged nine from Locksbeam Farm, Torrington, with her organic Ayrshire, Golden Oblique Snowdrop. Picture: Andy Keeble

Order your tickets now for the North Devon Show on Wednesday, August 3

Read more
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Survivors Catherine Eason, Lilian Bailey, Joyce Shipman from Braunton, and Adrian Partridge from Minehead show their support. Picture: Andy Keeble

Hundreds take part in Relay for Life at rugby club

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications