The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for 2023 was launched on Saturday and, in Guisborough, the mayor, Councillor David Johnson, came to Sunnyfield House to promote the fundraiser.

He was joined by the chairman of the Guisborough branch of the Royal British Legion, Brian Gent, and the organiser, Fergus Osborne. Also in attendance were ex-servicemen, Mark Dale and Charles Daynes.

Darlington and Stockton Times: The launch of the 2023 Poppy Appeal at Sunnyfield House, Guisborough, with from l-r Guisborough British Legion Organiser, Fergus Osborne, Guisborough Town Council Mayor, Councillor David Johnson, ex-Serviceman Mark Dale, ex-Serviceman Charles Daynes, and

Veteran Charles Daynes, 90, joined the Green Howards in 1951 but was transferred to the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. At the age of 18, he was sent to the Korean War but was captured, became a prisoner-of-war and was there until the end of hostilities.

He remained in the Army until 1954. He had a brother in the Green Howards who was killed in Malaya in 1950.

Mr Daynes said: “Here I am now doing a little bit for the British Legion."

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There will be a parade in Guisborough on Remembrance Sunday, November 12. It will form up on Westgate near Sunnyfield House at 10.30am, ready to move off at 10.45am to the Cenotaph outside St Nicholas Church, headed by a piper.

At 11am there will be the two-minute silence and a short open-air service, conducted by the Rector, Rev Alison Phillipson.

After the laying of wreaths, the parade will form up to march back to Westgate for dismissal.