Poppy Appeal organisers at Corby hope to top last year’s total

Gareth Price, events co-ordinator for the Corby branch of the Royal British Legion, and Janet Edwards at the Poppy shop in the town centre
Gareth Price, events co-ordinator for the Corby branch of the Royal British Legion, and Janet Edwards at the Poppy shop in the town centre

Organisers of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal in Corby are hoping to top last year’s total of £25,000.

Collection tins are in pubs, clubs, firms and schools in the borough and members of the legion’s Corby and district branch are also manning a shop in Corporation Street, in the town centre, until Saturday, November 9.

It opens from 9am until 3pm and people can call in to buy poppies and wristbands.

Gareth Price, events co-ordinator for the legion at Corby, said: “We always get an amazing response from the people of Corby and we’re hoping for the same kind of support this year. We really appreciate every donation.”

Janet Edwards of West Glebe Road, Corby, whose son Stephen was killed in Basra in July 2007, urged people to support the Poppy Appeal.

Corporal Edwards of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, who grew up in Thrapston, was on a routine patrol when his Warrior Armoured Vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

He died aged just 35, leaving a wife and an 18-month-old son.

Mrs Edwards said: “It’s very important that we give as much support as possible to the Poppy Appeal and to our servicemen and women.”

The Remembrance Day parade and wreath-laying ceremony will take place in Corby on Sunday, November 10. The parade will leave St Mark’s Road at 10.10am and follow a route along Oakley Road to the war memorial in Corby Old Village.

Following the wreath-laying ceremony there will be a service in St John the Baptist Church.

Mr Price asked people and organisations who have ordered wreaths from the legion’s Corby branch to collect them from the shop in the town centre.