A GANG of bikers toured the region to mark the launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal.
Bikers from the Royal British Legion got the annual appeal under way at the Airbus factory in Broughton, before riding through Buckley and Mold as part of the Flintshire leg of the launch.
Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami launched the campaign from the Airbus factory, which has matched a donation made by the union Unite for £1,000.
reception on Saturday, Mr Tami and local poppy appeal organisers Ken and Joan Aird, waved the motorcyclists off as they left the factory to travel through North Wales.
They were given a guard of honour by air cadets from Hawarden Squadron.
The Royal British Legion director of fundraising Charles Byrne said: “We support the entire Armed Forces community past and present, but families are at the heart of the Poppy Appeal 2013.
“We recognise the strength of mothers, fathers, partners and kids in Armed Forces families, who serve alongside their loved ones every single day, and often need practical care and advice too.
“We’re encouraging people to dig deep for the Poppy Appeal, so we can continue providing this vital support to individuals whether they’re still serving, transitioning back to civilian life or have left the services, but importantly to their dependents too.”
Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami said: “I really welcome the opportunity to launch the Poppy Appeal. I hope even more money can be raised for this excellent charity.”
The motorcyclists stopped to meet the mayor of Mold, Cllr Robin Guest, before heading into Denbighshire to continue their tour.