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By Tristan Harris Sunday 23 March 2014 Updated: 27/03 23:25
RESIDENTS who made last year's Bromsgrove Poppy Appeal such a success were honoured at a special awards night last Wednesday (March 19).
The current total for the town's annual drive stands at £21,175.71, already beating last year's by more than £2,000 and there are still wreath donations to be handed in.
Bromsgrove District Council's Civic Head, Coun Helen Jones, and the Royal British Legion's Worcestershire county vice-chairman Alan Kelly also gave out long service awards for those who had been involved in the Poppy Appeal from five to 40 years.
Pauline Troth, Terry Groves, Fred Pearson, Tony Warren and Fred Stanley all received recognition for notching up 30 years, Averl Perks 35 years and Derek Goode 40.
The branch also introduced two new awards which will now become annual accolades.
The Bob Harris Memorial Cup, for the independent trader which had raised the most money, went to Broad Street DIY for boosting the coffers by £179.99 and the Bill Goode Memorial Cup for the individual who had collected the highest amount was presented to Thomas Barrett. He raised £870.54.
Bromsgrove RBL chairman Patrick Smith Said: "The people of Bromsgrove continue to support the Poppy Appeal with the total growing each year.
"It has increased ten-fold in the last 15 years and it shows how much Bromsgrove values the armed forces community," he added.
Anyone wanting to get involved with the Bromsgrove branch of the Royal British Legion or this year's Poppy Appeal should email Patrick at email@example.com or call him on 07949 789841.
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