Coronation Street star Antony Cotton joined Rochdale Borough Council for the launch of the Royal British Legion’s annual poppy appeal in the borough.
Antony, who plays Sean Tully in the ITV1 soap, said the poppy appeal is a very worthwhile cause:
"It is a real pleasure to be involved with Rochdale’s support of The Armed Forces. As someone who has friends currently serving with the British Army in Afghanistan I understand the importance of supporting our troops. Wear your poppy with pride, I know I certainly do. We will remember them."
With Remembrance Sunday approaching on 10 November, the council are encouraging residents to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, which helps service personnel and their families in times of need.
Councillor Alan McCarthy, Lead Member for the Armed Forces at Rochdale Borough Council said:
"The council and the Royal British Legion stands shoulder to shoulder with all who serve. The poppy has become a symbol of remembrance and the money raised by the sale of them is used to support British servicemen and women who have made, and continue to make, sacrifices for us in order to preserve our freedom. I would like to encourage members of the public to make a donation for a poppy and show their support and respect.”
At the launch event, Wing Commander David Forbes, President of Rochdale’s Royal British Legion said Number One Riverside in Rochdale will shortly be used by the legion to house a permanent display of the work they carry out and a place where members of the public to purchase gifts and make donations:
“Since signing the Community Covenant last year Rochdale has been recognised nationally by the Royal British Legion for its work in supporting serving and ex members of the Armed Forces.”
Guests at the launch were joined by two real life poppy’s – Poppy Hunt (7) and Poppy Rigg (6), both pupils at Bamford Academy.
Poppies can be bought at Rochdale Town Hall and from shops, supermarkets, pubs and clubs across Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale and the Pennines, or at www.britishlegion.org.uk
“We would also like to remind residents about the services being held locally next Sunday and encourage all members of the public to attend and show their respect.”
Added Councillor McCarthy.
For details of services across the borough, visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/events/
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