At the launch of the Poppy Appeal are the Royal British legion Riders and the special Southern Vectus bus. Picture by JENNIFER BURTON
SUPPORTERS of the Poppy Appeal on the Isle of Wight came out in force for its annual launch in Newport on Saturday.
A parade and short service marked the start of this year’s appeal, which raises cash for war veterans and awareness of their sacrifice.
Organised by the Newport and Carisbrooke branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL), the event began with a march from Langley Court, Lower Pyle Street, and culminated with a short service of Remembrance, led by the vicar of Newport, the Rev Kevin Arkell, in St Thomas’s Square.
During the service, two minutes’ silence was observed by a large crowd of shoppers.
Afterwards, as is the tradition, brownies from Newport and Shanklin handed out the first poppies to the Isle of Wight’s Lord Lieutenant, Maj Gen Martin White, the Island’s High Sheriff, Mary Case, and Isle of Wight Council leader Cllr Ian Stephens, who is also the RBL county president.
Southern Vectis showed its support for the appeal by displaying its new 'poppy’ bus and members of the Isle of Wight branch of the RBL Riders displayed their motorcycles and trikes in St Thomas’s Square.
Organisers said it was encouraging to see more people support the event than was expected.