Letter: Remembrance service for nation's fallen

Remembrance Day in Whitby last year
Remembrance Day in Whitby last year

I am honoured as the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, to be in a position to appeal to readers of the Whitby Gazette in asking for their support for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2016.

As we all know, this year marks 100 years since the Battle of the Somme during World War One and once again the Royal British Legion is encouraging everyone to support the poppy appeal during the official period of Remembrance from now until November 13 when we reflect and remember the fallen and our currently serving military personnel.

Every year millions of pounds are raised to support the armed forces community.

All money goes directly to its welfare work with serving service personnel, veterans and their families, so I am appealing to all members of our borough community to get involved and help to raise as much as possible.

Please give as much as you can afford and if you have a few hours to spare, you might also want to consider becoming a poppy volunteer.

Anyone over 16 years of age can help, all you need to do is call 0800 085 5924.

The deputy mayor, Cllr Martin Smith, will be proud to join many of you at a remembrance service, which has been arranged for Sunday (Nov 13) at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church.

Finally, may I ask that as always when making your generous donations this year, that you once again remember the fallen and also those that fought and survived who all need our help to Live On.

Cllr Simon Green,

Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough