Young children taught about war for Poppy Appeal

Vicky Hollins of the Fareham branch of the Royal British Legion visited Manor Lodge Children's Day Nursery in Fareham where she met some of the children during the nursery's poppy day. From left, Sophie Li, three, Henry Parkes, four, Florence Fry, three, and Morton Cox, three. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143168-1)
Vicky Hollins of the Fareham branch of the Royal British Legion visited Manor Lodge Children's Day Nursery in Fareham where she met some of the children during the nursery's poppy day. From left, Sophie Li, three, Henry Parkes, four, Florence Fry, three, and Morton Cox, three. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143168-1)
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YOUNG and old joined together at a nursery to teach children about Remembrance Sunday.

Youngsters at Good Manors Day Nursery, in Church Path, Fareham, were joined by veteran Vikki Hollins from the Royal British Legion and Fareham Borough Council’s civic leaders.

The guests were greeted with a poppy-themed cake and enjoyed songs from the children – dressed in red and black for the day.

It comes after the youngsters had taken part in various Poppy Appeal activities – including visiting poppy sellers and doing arts and crafts.

Henry Parkes, four, went with nursery staff and children to the Royal British Legion stall in town to give them posters to help boost their sales.

He was also there to greet Mrs Hollins at the nursery yesterday and said: ‘It was fun.’

His mum Paula, 38, of Fareham, added: ‘His big brother is doing a Beaver parade on Sunday so it helps him understand.

‘He was excited about wearing red and black.’

Mrs Hollins, 87, explained to the children what it was like for her being evacuated from her home town of Birmingham.

‘On the September 1, 1939 I was evacuated when I was just 12 years of age,’ said Mrs Hollins who has been with the Royal British Legion for more than 40 years.

She was taken to the village of Pandy in South Wales and stayed there until she was 19.

She returned to Birmingham briefly before then but could not stand the constant bombing.

Mrs Hollins spoke fondly of her time in Pandy, during which time she became a Land Girl: ‘I am still in touch with that family, they are my second family.

‘They were wonderful with me, they were part of my family.

‘I said to my husband I had a lovely war, it’s a terrible thing to say but I was with a lovely family’.

Katharine Galliford owns the nursery.

She said: ‘It’s really about the children being aware of the heritage.

‘They are very young but they do understand.

‘The veterans are really chuffed seeing the children recognising the value of it.’

The event was attended by the mayor of Fareham David Norris and the mayoress Pamela Norris.