27th Oct, 2016

Poppy Appeal concert hailed a success

Aaron Wise 14th Oct, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE PERSHORE and District Branch of the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) 2016 Poppy Appeal Concert has been hailed a success.

Flocks of Vale residents and RBL members packed into Pershore Number 8 Community Arts Centre on Saturday (October 8), as well as honoured guests, including Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Andrew Grant.

The evening opened with a performance by the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service band, before the Pershore Town Choir took to the stage to entertain the audience with their first of two sets.

The iconic D-Day Dolls also featured at the concert and shared their wide repertoire of 40’s war tunes, which got everyone clapping and singing along.

After a short interval, the audience returned to the auditorium where Ellis Morris, a student from Pershore High School, read a poem entitled ‘Poppy’.

The Standards were then retrieved to the beat of ‘Sons of the Brave’ and the ‘Last Post’, before a minutes silence took place as poppies fell from above the stage.

The evening concluded with a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ style sing-along to Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

Branch President, Lieutenant Colonel Susan Payne, said: “The concert was the best so far and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant was very impressed with the whole evening.

“The next Branch Poppy Appeal Concert will be in October 2018 and plans are already underway to make that event even better.”