MEMBERS of the Royal British Legion and Wrexham Council met to kick-start
this year’s armed forces fundraising appeal in the town.
The council and the Royal British Legion officially launched its 2013 Poppy Appeal in Wrexham on Thursday with a presentation to the mayor at the Guildhall.
Kevin Forbes and Dave Hughes of the Royal British Legion presented mayor of Wrexham, Cllr David I Bithell, with his first poppy since taking over the role.
Poppies have also been sprouting up across town with the famous symbol placed on lamp-posts and signs.
They have popped up in landmarks such as Glyndwr University, Wrexham market and High Street.
Cllr Bithell said: “Wrexham Council is proud to continue to support the Poppy Appeal. The town has always been a big supporter of the Armed Forces, granting Freedom of the Borough to both the Royal Welch Fusiliers and 101 Force Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).
“The town has also reiterated its aim to help and support members of the Armed Forces with the recent signing of the Community Covenant and introducing free swimming for veterans.
“It is vital we honour and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces both past and present. I would like to thank those who have already contributed to this year’s appeal, particularly local cadets and students who have given up their time to take part in fundraising initiatives.”
Royal British Legion community fundraiser for North Wales, Kevin Forbes, said: “We are always delighted with the support we get from Wrexham Council and the people of Wrexham, who always back the Poppy Appeal.
“It has been a great sight seeing the poppies appearing all over the town over the past week. Every poppy sold helps us to support the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families.