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Old and young soldiers meet for poppy appeal in Middlesbrough
VETERANS who fought for their country have met with the soldiers of tomorrow to launch this year’s poppy appeal.
Three veterans unveiled a two-metre wide giant poppy at The Cleveland Centre in Middlesbrough as part of the Royal British Legion appeal.
The old soldiers, Harry Hetherington, 81, and Ron Shaw, who both fought in the Battle of The Hook in Korea in 1952 and George Nolan, 76, who served in Malaysia, spent the day raising money for the cause.
They also met cadets, Lydia Holmes, 19 and Mark Law, 17, who are both attending Rathbone Military Preparation Course in Middlesbrough.
Last year the veterans, who have been fundraising for the Legion for 20 years, raised £11,500 and are hoping to at least match that this time.
A spokeswoman for The Cleveland Centre said crowds flocked to their stall outside WH Smiths in the centre to show support.
Centre manager Debbie Anderson said: “We are delighted to welcome back the marvellous veterans who give their time to help raised much needed funds which go towards supporting serving and ex-members of the Armed Forces.”
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