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Cookstown Poppy Appeal hits £28,000

Pictured is Mrs Doreen Flack with the present Cookstown RBL PAO Trevor Carson.

Pictured is Mrs Doreen Flack with the present Cookstown RBL PAO Trevor Carson.

A total of £28,000 has been raised through the Cookstown Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

This magnificent sum which was raised in the district is an increase of just under two per cent on the 2012/13 appeal.

Over the years the annual appeal has raised considerable amounts for this worthy cause.

However, despite the tough economic times, the sum is testament to the hard work of the collecting teams and the generosity of the businesses and individuals in the area.

From 1990 to date, Cookstown Branch has raised a total of £498,000 under the leadership of just three Organisers: Doreen Flack, Marie McCallum and the present holder of the role, Trevor Carson.

He has paid tribute to the team and the people of Cookstown for their continued support. The 2014/15 Appeal will be launched in October when commemorations for the events of 100 years ago get under way.

Branch President, Rev Dr Isaac Thompson also paid tribute to the collectors who braved the wet conditions.

The vice-chairman of Cookstown and National Standard Bearer Norman Espie also had the privilege of taking part in the main commemorations in Normandy during the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings. He attended ceremonies in Bayeux Cathedral and at the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in the presence of HM The Queen, HRH Prince Philip and other dignitaries.

 

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