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West Norfolk’s mayor launched the borough’s annual Poppy Appeal during a ceremony at St Mary’s Church, Heacham on Saturday.

Geoff Hipperson symbolically bought the first poppy, surrounded by standard bearers from the county and the borough, the deputy mayor, Margaret Wilkinson and his wife, Rose, symbolically bought the first poppy.

He said: “The Poppy Appeal is something that brings us all together. We are literally all singing from the same hymn sheet on this one.”

Borough Geoff Hipperson, buys the first poppy from county RBL chairman, Hugh King, watched by deputy mayor Margaret Wilkinson and mayoress Rose Hipperson (20296911)
Borough Geoff Hipperson, buys the first poppy from county RBL chairman, Hugh King, watched by deputy mayor Margaret Wilkinson and mayoress Rose Hipperson (20296911)

The Rector of Heacham, the Rev Veronica Wilson, said the appeal perhaps even more vital now in the year following the centenary of the end of the First World War.

She said: “The appeal is more important than ever. The awareness raised last year needs to carry on.”

Around £180,000 was raised across the county during last year’s campaign.

Rev Veronica Wilson buys a poppy (20297076)
Rev Veronica Wilson buys a poppy (20297076)

Norfolk branch chairman Hugh King said: “The Poppy Appeal is one of our main source of income for supporting past and present veterans and their beneficiaries. They depend on what we collect.”

He added that thousands helped sell the poppies each year and thanked everyone who supported the appeal.

Among the first to collect poppies were members of St Mary's Messy Church. From fifth from left in the back row are deputy mayor Margaret Wilson, county RBL chairman Hugh King, borough mayor Geoff Hipperson and his wife, Rose (20297083)
Among the first to collect poppies were members of St Mary's Messy Church. From fifth from left in the back row are deputy mayor Margaret Wilson, county RBL chairman Hugh King, borough mayor Geoff Hipperson and his wife, Rose (20297083)


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