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Wear your poppy with pride in South Tyneside

George Coser (Branch Secretary of South Shields Royal British Legion), Albert Alderson (Chairman of Hebburn Royal British Legion), the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse and the Mayoress Patricia Porthouse with Councillor Peter Boyack (President of SSRBL).
George Coser (Branch Secretary of South Shields Royal British Legion), Albert Alderson (Chairman of Hebburn Royal British Legion), the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse and the Mayoress Patricia Porthouse with Councillor Peter Boyack (President of SSRBL).

This year's Poppy Appeal has officially been launched in the area - have you already bought yours?

Coun Richard Porthouse, the mayor of South Tyneside, purchased the borough's first poppy at Jarrow Town Hall to kick start this year's appeal.

He was joined by Coun Peter Boyack, South Shields Royal British Legion Branch President, George Coser, SSRBL Branch Secretary and Albert Alderson, Hebburn Royal British Legion Branch Chairman.

The appeal, which is organised by South Shields Royal British Legion, helps those in the Armed Forces and their families as well as honour those who have fallen.

Speaking at the event, the mayor said: “I am pleased to be supporting the Poppy Appeal.

"This year in particular will be a poignant appeal because of the Centenary of the First World War. It is a much worthwhile charity which supports past and present members of the Armed Forces and their families.

“I will be wearing my poppy with pride and I hope that many across South Tyneside will be doing the same.”

You can buy a poppy from South Shields Town Hall, Jarrow Town Hall, Hebburn Central and from various shop and supermarkets across the area.

Last year, more than £40,000 was raised in South Tyneside through the appeal. In the coming weeks, there will be a variety of Remembrance Events taking places across the area.

Services will happen in Cleadon Village, Hebburn, Jarrow, Monkton Village, Whitburn Village, East Boldon and South Shields.

Coun Boyack added: “The poppy is a powerful symbol that serves as a reminder and fitting commemoration of the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers, past and present.

"Every year the Poppy Appeal raises thousands of pounds in South Shields with the help of a team of dedicated local volunteers.

"These vital donations enables the Royal British Legion to carry-out it’s borough-wide functions including supporting ex-service personnel and serving members of the Armed Forces, whether it’s coping with bereavement, living with disability or finding employment.”

For more information, contact the South Shields Royal British Legion on 0191 456 9762 or by emailing George.coser@unisonsouthtyneside.co.uk.