POPPY APPEAL LAUNCH 2018
Despite threatening weather, this year's Poppy Appeal Launch in Benidorm was very well attended once again. After a stirring Parade of Standards, led by the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums, the ceremony began with a moving Act of Remembrance in front of an audience of more than 200 spectators, who stood in a deep and respectful silence.
The rain kept clear as, on behalf of the Royal British Legion, District North Spain, thanked the people of Benidorm for hosting the 2018 Poppy Appeal Launch. He also welcomed Ana Pellicer Perez, First Deputy Mayor of Benidorm; Elizabeth Bell, Vice Consul from the British Consulate in Alicante; Major Gary Allen, representing the British Military Attaché in Madrid; and Robin Hargrave, our Poppy Appeal Coordinator. After 7 years as the District Poppy Appeal Coordinator, during which time the collection has continued to grow, The Chairman thanked Robin for his commitment, dedication and hard work and wished him well for the future. He also welcomed 2 regular visitors from the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
The Chairman spoke movingly about the meaning and relevance of the Poppy Appeal both in UK and here in Spain and emphasised the importance of Remembrance, ending by quoting John McCrae's famous and emblematic poem, In Flanders' Fields. Other speakers emphasised the closeness and collaboration between the British and Spanish people and thier many shared values.
The ceremony ended with the Standards being dipped once again as the audience stood to acknowledge the national anthems of the two countries.
See below for a selection of photographs of the event.
This year's Poppy Appeal in Spain will be launched at a ceremony, including a Parade of Standards, in Benidorm on Friday, 19th October 2018, starting at 12.00. Additional details can be found on the attached flyer or by contacting the District Vice Chairman.
Last year, the Legion in Spain collected €169,622.40 towards the Poppy Appeal. If you are able to join us at this important event, we would love to see you there.