Veterans meet budding Poppy Day supporters

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Collections for this year’s Poppy Appeal in Mildenhall will start on Saturday as members of the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion look to topple last year’s total.

Twelve months ago residents showed their support for the campaign by digging deep in their pockets to help the branch raise a total of £8.700.

With officials at the branch deciding to start a selling them earlier than last year, there is a hope that an even bigger sum can be generated.

“We have got a couple of new people on board who are helping sell the poppies and they were really keen to get started earlier,” said Colin Plowright, vice-chairman of the branch.

“We are hoping that we can beat last year’s total but people can only give what they can afford to but usually they seem to come forward and with this year marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One it is a bit more significant. “ Earlier this week youngsters at West Row Primary School learnt about the appeal with a visit from members of the Mildenhall branch of the RBL, and representatives from the town’s Sainsbury’s store who over the past 20 years have helped collect £4.5 million for the appeal.

Members of the public will be able to purchase poppies from around 30 sites in Mildenhall and Red Lodge, including from a stall at the town’s branch of Sainsbury’s in Recreation Way, which will start selling them from 10am.