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Royal British Legion has plenty in store for centenary event

Following on from the very successful 2017 appeal - which raised over £15,000 in the Marple area for the Royal British Legion - the appeal team Kevin Murray, Mike Openshaw and Ron Townley have once again got plenty in store for the special centenary 2018 event.

2018 is an extra special year for the national Poppy Appeal as this year marks the centenary of the end of WW1.

Kevin said: "198 local men from Marple, Marple Bridge, Mellor, Compstall and High Lane lost their lives serving their country and so this year the Marple Poppy Appeal Team will be putting up 198 street poppies throughout the area in their memory, all individually named.

"As we did last year we are looking for local businesses to sponsor these poppy tributes. All sponsors will be mentioned in local media. Please contact us if you would like take part.''

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In addition the 2018 appeal will involve a new campaign called “Who was I?” to encourage local people to find out a little bit about the local men who lost their lives.

There will be “Who was I?” cards available in various locations each with the name of one of the men. Inside there are a few simple questions for individuals to research, the answers to which can be found on “The Time Line” in Marple Memorial Park.

Kevin said: "We need to understand that these men are not just names on a monument in the park, they are a vital link to the history of the Marple area. The “Who was I?” campaign will hopefully provide a simple opportunity to connect with the past and maybe learn something special about them and their association with the Marple area.

It will be a great educational opportunity to do on your own or with friends and family.''

There will also be a framed limited edition print available with 198 poppies on it, each with the name of one of the 198 Marple men who fell in WW1.

There are also plans for a Remembrance Art Exhibition which The Society of Marple Artists has kindly agreed to support. The exhibition will be held in Marple Library during the first week of November and admission will be free. The art on show is designed to be thought provoking; well worth seeing and not to be missed. Opening times will be published nearer the time on the review website at 

At Remembrance Time many people want wreaths but often leave it too late to order one and so end up disappointed. If you would like a wreath for your group, organisation, business or for personal use please contact the Poppy Appeal Team for details of the various types of wreaths that are available.

"We expect this year to be very busy as we commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 and we are therefore looking for additional volunteers to help man our stands at Asda and Wyevale Garden Centre. So if you can spare an hour or two in the first week in November and you are interested in joining our volunteer group, then please apply to help,'' said Kevin,

If you would like more information about the street poppies, Who was I Campaign, the Remembrance Art Exhibition, poppy wreaths or volunteering please contact The Marple Poppy Appeal Team via