Riders revved up and helped launch appeal

Poppy Appeal launch in Bognor Regis
Poppy Appeal launch in Bognor Regis

THOSE who gave their lives in conflict were remembered as the Poppy Appeal was launched in Bognor Regis.

Royal British Legion riders came from all over the country to launch the appeal outside the town’s war memorial, where they were joined by Bognor mayor Paul Wells.

Cllr Wells said the appeal recognised what those serving their country past and present had sacrificed.

“I had relatives who served in the second world war and anything that helps generate awareness for something so important is great,” he said.

Appeal organiser Primrose Jeffries helped to launch the appeal with the riders.

Mrs Jeffries said: “The Poppy Appeal is something we do to help those who helped us and all the money goes to great causes.

“We run it every 
year and it’s entirely voluntary, so we’re always looking for help.

“I would like to say 
thank you to the RAF club for kindly taking us in and giving us space to put poppies together this year.”

Following the launch, the riders began a procession around Bognor, visiting a number of the retailers who will be selling poppies.

Martin Johnson, Sussex county representative of the Royal British Legion riders, said: “It’s been great to come to Bognor today.

“It’s an opportunity to put back in and give to those who need it and I love every minute of it.”

Poppies are available from a variety of shops across 
the area.

Street collections will run from November 2-9 and supermarket collections from November 6- 9.

Anyone who would like to help can contact Mrs Jeffries on 01243 825890.

Remembrance Sunday services will be held across the Bognor Regis area on November 10.

They include:

n 10.30am in Millennium Gardens, 88 Pryors Lane, Rose Green (this service will take place on November 11)

n 10am at St Mary’s Church in Aldingbourne

n 10.30am at Bognor Regis Town Hall and 10.45am at the war memorial

n 10.45am at the Eastergate war memorial at the A29 and B2233 junction

n 12.30pm in the memorial garden, Yapton Road in Ford.

Parking charges in all Arun District Council-managed car parks will be suspended between 9am-1pm on Remembrance Sunday so that residents paying their respects and attending the services can park free of charge.