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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Brownies and Rainbows help Prudhoe’s Poppy Appeal blossom

BROWNIES and Rainbows helped launch the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Prudhoe on Saturday.

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Flower power: Royal British Legion Prudhoe branch secretary Owen Davies buys the first poppy from Prudhoe Brownies and Rainbows, from left, Amy Baty (8), Lucy Martin (7), Katie Herbertson (6), Emma Cook (9), Jodie Watkins (7) and Megan Martin (5) at the launch of this year’s poppy appeal in the town.

Alas, representatives from Prudhoe Town Council were in short supply for the event, so the Legion’s Prudhoe branch secretary Owen Davis stepped in to buy the first poppy.

A joint effort between Owen and his wife, Irene, then saw takings of around £200 on the first day alone.

A further £300 was collected on Sunday by Margaret Wilkes, chairman of the Prudhoe branch women’s section.

Mrs Davis, who is the Prudhoe and district Poppy Appeal organiser, said: “It has been very successful so far. The people in Prudhoe are very generous.”

Street collectors will be at Prudhoe’s Co-op store, the Original Factory Shop on Front Street, the Co-op in Ryton and the Metrocentre in Gateshead.

Collection tins have also been left in shops on Prudhoe’s Front Street.

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