Swindon to honour those who gave their lives for the Centenary Poppy Appeal

By Jamie Hill - 2 November 2018


Swindon Pop In open Saturdays during the Poppy Appeal and local taxi firm offering free rides for Veterans for Remembrance Sunday service.

The Royal British Legion’s Swindon Pop In is extending its opening hours during this Autumn’s Centenary Poppy Appeal.

In addition to their regular Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm opening hours, they are also opening 10am – 4pm on the three Saturdays of the Poppy Appeal, and from 10am – 1pm on Remembrance Sunday morning 11 November too. They can offer sales of poppies and merchandise from the Poppy Shop website, and a cup of tea after the Remembrance ceremony.

A Remembrance Sunday service will take place at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday morning on 11 November. The parade starts at 10.20am, and the ceremony at the cenotaph starts at 10.45am. It is likely to be very busy this year, as Remembrance Sunday falls on the actual centenary of the day that the guns fell silent to end the First World War at 11am on 11 November 1918.

For this special year Swindon Taxis are offering, for the first time, a free taxi service for military veterans who live in Swindon and who would like to attend the ceremony.

They can pick up veterans from homes from 9.15 am and drop them off close to the Cenotaph before the ceremony, and can pick veterans up for a return journey home for up to 1 hour after the end of the ceremony.

The town centre pick up and drop off point will be outside the front of the Morrisons supermarket in Regent Circus.

Veterans who are interested in this service will need to book in advance, by either emailing them on swindontaxi@outlook.com, by calling in to the Royal British Legion Pop In, or by emailing Isobel Thompson on : IThompson@britishlegion.org.uk.

The deadline for registering for this free taxi service is Thursday 8 November.

The Pop In’s special exhibition commemorating the Centenary of the First World War is open throughout the Poppy Appeal and until the end of 2018.

A spokesperson said: "100 years ago the guns fell silent on the world’s first truly global war. At the Royal British Legion we believe that it is time to think about all of those who lived through this tragic and remarkable time, and who put Britain on the path to what it is today. It is time to say thank you for all that they did for us.

"The Legion supports the whole Armed Forces community, past and present.

"The charity has been supporting members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Air Force, reservists, veterans and their families since 1921 – and that support will continue long into the future."

For further information email Isobel Thompson at IThompson@britishlegion.org.uk

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