A SPECIAL presentation was made at today’s Bromsgrove Royal British Legion Poppy Picnic in the Park.
Bromsgrove RBL president Fred Pearson has served in the town’s branch for more than 40 years and for 50 years in the Royal British Legion overall.
He was presented with a special tankard to thank him for his efforts ahead of his retirement at the end of the year.
The tankard was fittingly inscribed with the words ‘We will remember you’.
Fred told The Standard: “I have loved every minute of it but I’m 80 years old now and it is time for someone else to take it on.”
He said the Bromsgrove RBL had a few younger members but needed more.
Bromsgrove RBL chairman Patrick Smith said: “It’s going to be so hard to fill his shoes. He has done an amazing job.”
Patrick also led the minute silence punctuated with the Last Post and Kohima Epitaph to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The afternoon is also featuring a performance by the Band of the Mercian Regiment, songs from the 1940s were played by Vintage Class, there are vintage cars and people can have their picture taken with Selfie Snap Bromsgrove.
Bromsgrove Methodist Church representatives were also there encouraging people to knit poppies for a special Remembrance poppy display on the autumn.
It is hoped they will cover the wall of the church as part of the display between October 27 and the end of November to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
John Wyatt said: “We have had a brilliant response so far with lots of enthusiasm.
“To cover the whole wall we have worked out we will need 9,600 knitted poppies.”
For more on the Bromsgrove Royal British Legion or to join or volunteer for the branch, email Patrick Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07949 789841.
Also search for ‘Bromsgrove Poppy Appeal’ on Facebook.