Pontefract poppy display comes to life again for RBL 100

A community poppy display has come to life again to commemorate 100 years of the Royal British Legion.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 12:30 pm
A community poppy display has come to life again to commemorate 100 years of the Royal British Legion

On Remembrance Day last year, a huge display of bottle base poppies, made by the community was attached to netting and adorned the face of Pontefract Town Hall.

The community initiative began when Pontefract Civic Society issued a call for members of the community to paint and decorate plastic poppies to be put on display.

The same display was re-erected on Sunday morning, to honour 100 years of The Royal British Legion

Although it was not a ceremony, Royal British Legion members joined Pontefract Civic Society and their decoration squad, as the display was set up.

Coordinator, Phil Cook, who said “This is our biggest display yet on the town hall, and others will follow this year.

“We’re really pleased with the public spirit, many community groups and schools to get involved.

“Thanks also go to the Yorkshire Building Society, Michelle’s Flowers and Pontefract Library for acting as collection points for the much needed materials which have enabled our team to create the display, which has been made possible with the support of Wakefield MDC and Tracked Spider Solutions.”

The Royal British Legion is a charity that supports our Armed Forces community, which has been so since 1921.

It is the country’s largest Armed Forces charity and every year the RBL leads the nation in commemorating and honouring those who have served and sacrificed.

Brian Berry, RBL Branch Chairman said, “The Ackworth and Pontefract Branch have enjoyed a fruitful partnership with local organisations to the benefit of the wider community.

“We have shared our time of remembrance at the war memorial and we in the Legion are grateful for the support we have from the community.

“The display in Pontefract town centre is a wonderful example of the community support so unstintingly given to the RBL.”