It is that time of year again when the RBL Kyrenia Branch gets ready for the 2017 RBL Poppy Appeal.

The appeal will be officially launched in Girne town centre between 11am – 3pm on Thursday 26th October with a stall outside the Belediye office where you can purchase your poppy and poppy related items such as car stickers, brooches and jewellery etc. This will also be repeated at the same time and place on Thursday 2nd November.

Mrs Jill Bell has recently taken over as the Branch Poppy Appeals Officer and she said: “In 2017 The Royal British Legion will once again ask the nation to ‘Rethink Remembrance’ and consider the meaning of the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance and Hope. We will ask the Great British public to wear their poppy to support the Armed Forces community, past and present and we hope that the local community here in the TRNC will assist and support us in this very worthwhile cause. In addition we will be placing out over 60 poppy collection boxes in venues from as far and wide as Tatlisu to Karsiyaka so there are ample locations to purchase your poppy and pins and they will be in situ until Monday 13th November.”

Following on from these two events there will be an inaugural Chairman’s dinner to be held at the Bellapais Gardens Hotel on Thursday 2nd November to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal and this event for 70 persons sold out in less than a week.

We then move onto the Remembrance Sunday service at the Old British Cemetery in Girne which will commence at 12.30pm on Sunday 12th November. There will once again be a posse of UK based Cyprus veterans in attendance but unfortunately the numbers are dwindling due to the age of these ex National Servicemen. Indeed many have stated that this will probably be their final visit to Kyrenia.  A Sunday lunch at the Ship Inn follows on from the service at 2pm with tickets on sale at 45TL for a 3 course lunch.  As usual there will be community singing of World War favourites led by Mr Mike Ennis on the organ on completion of the lunch.  It is hoped that Lord Maginnis is fit and well enough to travel to represent the Queen at these 2 events. To book a place please call at the RBL stall any Saturday morning between the new timings of 09.30 – 11.30am or email the Branch secretary Pamela Padden at  info@rblkyrenia.com