Wear a poppy with pride

Seventy one years old Ray Drew pictured in Sainsburys, Trinity Walk, selling poppies on behalf of Royal British Legion. Pictured with his wife, Jean.'w311b244
Seventy one years old Ray Drew pictured in Sainsburys, Trinity Walk, selling poppies on behalf of Royal British Legion. Pictured with his wife, Jean.'w311b244

AS servicemen and women continue to pay the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts around the world, the Royal British Legion has urged people to wear their poppies with pride.

Legion members have volunteered their time to sell poppies around the city for the annual Poppy Appeal.

Raymond Drew, a member of the Wakefield branch of the Royal British Legion, has been selling poppies at Sainsbury’s in Trinity Walk with his wife, Jean.

Mr Drew, who served with the Royal Corps of Signals for 26 years, said: “The Legion aims to collect as much money as possible to help soldiers, ex-soldiers and their families.

“If everybody makes a contribution and does their little bit then we can help them more.

“It is so important that we support our servicemen and women, particularly those returning from duty, because they do such a difficult job and the more we show our support, the more it will boost their morale.”

So far, he has raised more than £1,200 this week.

He said: “The support we are getting at the moment has been brilliant.

“We’re hoping that level of support carries on throughout other areas of Wakefield.

“Last year we raised £32,000 and we’re hoping to beat that total this year.”

The Legion is also preparing to hold a number of events to mark Remembrance Sunday, on November 11.

Crowds will meet at Wakefield Cathedral at 10.30am before making their way to the war memorial for the act of homage and the laying of the wreaths at 11am.

The Remembrance service in Newmillerdam will take place at 10am at the war memorial. In Chapelthorpe, a service will be held at St James’ Church at 10.30am.