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Military Wives Choir to perform at Bromley Poppy Appeal launch in The Glades

PUBLISHED: 09:46 18 October 2017

The Glades will be launching Bromley's Poppy Appeal on October 28

The Glades will be launching Bromley's Poppy Appeal on October 28

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There will be a number of performances at the event

The sound of music will ring in the start of this year’s Poppy Appeal when it launches at The Glades next week.

The Royal British Legion is leading the Poppy Takeover event at the shopping centre on November 28, which managed to raise more than £3,000 last year.

Shoppers and passers-by are invited to join in with various fundraising activities throughout the day.

Officially opening at 11am on Saturday October 28, the mayor of Bromley Kathy Bance will be handed a ceremonial poppy from Bromley Air Cadets.

Performances will then follow from the Military Wives Choir, Valley Primary Schools’ Orchestra and Choir, a reading from Kemnal Park and the borough’s very own barbershop harmony group, The Kentones.

Air cadets will be collecting throughout the day, while a poppy colour station will be set up for youngsters.

World War One re-enactors from the Shornecliffe Trust will also be on hand speaking with visitors. while poetry and artwork from local pupils will also be on display.

Jemma Cottam-Verbruggen, The RBLI’s community fundraiser for south east London, said: “At last year’s launch we raised an amazing £3,695 which contributed to an incredible £60,494 being raised in Bromley alone, a true testament to the kindness of the Bromley residents whose donations have made a real difference to the lives of service men and women, veterans and their loved ones.

“We already recognise the poppy as a symbol of remembrance, but it also represents hope. The poppy bloomed on the battlefields of northern Europe during the First World War despite the destruction, and it is that life force growing in the most difficult of circumstances that connects the poppy with the message of hope. The Legion is that hope, and we are here wherever and whenever we are needed.”

Kate Miller, general manager of The Glades, said: “We observe the two minutes silence each year on Armistice Day on 11th November and it’s always a very humbling moment. It brings many people from across the community together to remember and give thanks to the service men and women who have given their lives to secure the freedom of future generations,” said Kate. “It really unites the whole town so we are delighted to have such involvement in launching the campaign this year.”

The Bromley branch of the RBLI be present on Remembrance Sunday, along with two paratroopers who served in World War II, and landed in Normandy on D-Day in 1944.

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