Legion Launches Poppy Appeal 2011

THIS year’s Poppy Appeal was launched with some fanfare as a parade marched from the East Barnet Royal British Legion to a church service in Brookside Methodist Church, East Barnet.

Led by bands from local Air Training Corps squadrons, 18 standards of the Legion and other ex-service organisations joined the parade on Sunday. They were also joined at the church in Church Hill Road, Barnet by Mayor of Barnet Lisa Rutter, and the Mayor of Hertsmere Peter Knell, as well as Barnet’s representative deputy lieutenant, Martin Russell.

Reverend Colin Smith gave a sermon on the loss suffered during the world wars, and more recent deaths in current conflicts. Both mayors then gave a reading before the parade marched past them and returned to the Legion’s hall, in Brookhill Road.

Doug Read, chairman of the East Barnet RBL, hopes the parade would become an annual event. He said: “It is important that these ceremonies help people remember the sacrifice of serviceman past and present. It brings it to the forefront of people’s minds.”