The Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion launched its annual Poppy Appeal on Monday (21 October).

The Civic Head of Ashington Cllr. Lawrence Henderson went along to support the launch and meet members of the branch before they get out into the community.

Last year the Ashington appeal raised £27,000 for the Royal British Legion. Mrs Gloria Leitch, Secretary of Ashington Branch, said ‘We are always grateful for the generosity of people in the Ashington area for their support to the Poppy Appeal in the period up to Remembrance Day’.

Ashington’s Remembrance Day Parade and Service will take place on Sunday 10 November. 

The Parade will commence at 10.30am from the Royal British Legion, on North Seaton Road, and follow a route along Station Road to the Ashington Memorial Garden on Kenilworth Road for the Service at 10.50am.  Following the Service the Parade will re-assemble and march back to the Royal British Legion.

The Service will be led by Father Twomey, of St John’s Church, with music provided by the Ashington Colliery Band who will be supported this year by the Ashington Music Society. 

Mr Glen McCrory, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, Wansbeck MP Mr Ian Lavery and the Civic Head of Ashington Cllr. Lawrence Henderson as well as other local dignitaries will be in attendance.

Cllr. Henderson adds ‘The Ashington Memorial Garden provides an ideal setting for the Service and we look forward to the Ashington community demonstrating its genuine pride and respect for members of our Armed Forces past and present’.

The Parade and Service has been organised by the Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion with support from Ashington Town Council. A Road Closure Order is in place to allow the Parade to take place safely both to the Memorial Garden and the return.

A Remembrance Day Service will also take place at St. Andrew's Church, in Bothal, commencing at 3.00pm.