Poppy parade to be “especially poignant”

Market Rasen has seen increased involvement of local groups in the town's Remembrance Day event EMN-141013-165917001
Market Rasen has seen increased involvement of local groups in the town's Remembrance Day event EMN-141013-165917001
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Les Tranter is a happy warrior.

The secretary of the Tealby and Market Rasen branch of the Royal British Legion says the annual Remembrance Day Parades are getting bigger every year.

Raising nearly £7,000 in 2013, the Annual Poppy Day Appeal is collecting more money too.

“We are seeing more younger people at the parades, scouts, guides. They are educating them more as to what it’s about and they are taking it on board. I am delighted,” said the veteran of conflicts in Aden, Borneo and Northern Ireland.

However, Les says the legion could do with more members, especially as there must be “hundreds” of ex-servicemen in the area.

His branch has just 30 members, about 10 of them ‘active’ and just two survivors of the Second World War.

All the same, he is looking forward to a good turnout for this year’s Remembrance service at St Thomas’s Church, Market Rasen at 9.30am, followed by the Town Council Parade from the Market Place to the War Memorial on Chapel Street for a short service and wreath laying by the various organisations from the town.

The branch will also hold a two minute silence at the war memorial on Tuesday November 11 at 11am.

“That this year saw the Centenary Anniversary of the start of the First World War makes this especially poignant,” Les added.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal begins on Saturday October 25.