NEWPORT brownies will have the honour of handing out the first poppies at the Island Poppy Appeal launch tomorrow (Saturday).
The appeal, to raise money for war veterans and heighten awareness of the protection they gave our country, will be marked by events in Newport town centre.
The Vectis Corps of Drums will be leading a parade of Island Royal British legion (RBL) branch standards, RBL members and veterans, setting off from Langley Court, Lower Pyle Street, to St Thomas’s Square, at 9.45am.
The Island’s Lord Lieutenant, Maj Gen Martin White, will take the salute before the vicar of Newport, the Rev Kevin Arkell, gives a short religious service to mark the launch. The service starts at 10am.
Following the service, Newport brownies will hand out the first poppies to dignitaries, who will also include Island High Sheriff Mary Case and representatives of the IW Council.
In the square, Southern Vectis will be displaying its 'poppy’ bus, featuring poppy seller Dave Mosling — the latest in the company’s 'Island thinkers’ series — and a display of motorcycles provided by the members of the IW branch of RBL Riders.
Islander Stan Baker, of RBL Riders, said: "Every year I am humbled by the public support for the Poppy Appeal. As a support worker helping ex-service personnel, I can see at first hand the help and benefits given by the appeal."
Newport and Carisbrooke branch of the RBL organised this year’s launch.