Poppy launch

COLLECTION Havant Mayor Ken Smith launches the Poppy Appeal with Dave Argue and Olive Rush of the Havant and ''Emsworth British Legion.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113838-4)
COLLECTION Havant Mayor Ken Smith launches the Poppy Appeal with Dave Argue and Olive Rush of the Havant and ''Emsworth British Legion. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113838-4)
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THE MAYOR joined stalwart Poppy sellers to launch this year’s Poppy Appeal in Havant.

Councillor Ken Smith, the Mayor of Havant, was joined by Dave Argue and Olive Rush, from the Havant Branch of the Royal British Legion at the launch at the Public Service Plaza.

Cllr Smith, who spent 12 years in the RAF and saw action in Malaysia and Borneo, said: ‘I’m very proud to be able to be part of the Poppy Appeal, being a veteran myself.

‘I always support Poppy Day because it’s important to remember the people who fought and gave their lives for the country and it’s important to support those who continue to fight for us now.

‘I met the chaplain of the Malaysia Borneo Association at a Trafalgar Day service and he invited me to join the Association.’

Cllr Smith joined Havant Branch chairman Dave Argue and treasurer Olive Rush who have been collecting for the Poppy Appeal in Havant for decades.

Last year’s nationwide appeal raised £36m for armed forces veterans and the charity hopes to reach £40m with this year’s appeal.