Put a tag of remembrance on Tonbridge’s Big Bridge

THE Tonbridge Poppy Appeal was launched on Saturday [October 26] as the town stepped back in time with a host of World War Two living history re-enactors.

The Appeal, which hopes to raise £51million nationwide, was launched at the Big Bridge by Cllr Karen King of Castle ward.

She urged the public to ‘remember together’, and drew special attention to those from Allied nations who fought alongside the British on D-Day and in India and Burma.

The launch was attended by people as far afield as Herne Bay and Seaford, and by the Tonbridge Remembrance Parade Commander Tom Bristow, who took time out from being on military exercise to join the event.

Visitors wrote tags of remembrance to put on the bridge, and Poppy Appeal organiser Carl Lewis is inviting the local community to do the same.

Tags are available, for a donation, at Tonbridge Gateway, Gorgeous George on the High Street or the Poppy Appeal stand in Sainsbury’s.

Mr Lewis said: “Following our record £50,000 total last year, it is obvious that the people of Tonbridge care about our Armed Forces and its veterans.

“We appreciate their support, and our volunteers look forward to receiving any and all donations the townspeople wish to give.

“We also look forward to seeing everyone at the Remembrance and Armistice services in November. Lest we forget.”

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