Royal Britsh Legion turning back the clock

The Royal British Legion in Cromer is turning back the clock as it tries to encourage more youngsters to support the county's servicemen and women.The Cromer and District branch is reviving a tradition which last took place about 20 years ago when a Poppy Queen would be chosen to attend events and represent the county.

The Royal British Legion in Cromer is turning back the clock as it tries to encourage more youngsters to support the county's servicemen and women.

The Cromer and District branch is reviving a tradition which last took place about 20 years ago when a Poppy Queen would be chosen to attend events and represent the county.

Pam Angus, chairman of Cromer's women's section, said: 'We thought if we could do something like that for children aged 10 to 15, it would be a way of bringing in the young folks.'

The branch is searching for one girl and one boy to become its Poppy Appeal Princess and Escort and take part in this year's Armed Forces and Veterans Day on June 27, the Cromer Carnival, and also the autumn Poppy Appeal.


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Michael Norman, Cromer and District's Poppy Appeal co-ordinator, said it was important to remind people that the legion was about supporting former and existing servicemen of all ages.

He said: 'Most of our serving people are young people aged 18 to 25 rather than oldies who are past it. The Princess and Escort will be highlighting the involvement of young soldiers, sailors and airmen.'

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The chosen youngsters will be expected to have some understanding of what the legion does. Mrs Angus said: 'We would like them to make something out of poppies so we know they know something about it.'

The Princess and Escort will be chosen at a coffee morning in Cromer on June 20, which candidates will need to attend.

For more information, call Mrs Angus on 01263 510195.

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