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Poppy Appeal welcomes street collection rethink
POPPY appeal collectors in Salisbury have welcomed Wiltshire Council’s new street collection policy ahead of this year’s Remembrance Day.
The council’s collection rules sparked outrage last year when Salisbury’s branch of the Royal British Legion was only allowed two days to collect in the city before Remembrance Day, leaving them £2,000 down on the previous year’s collection. This year, the branch will be allowed five collection days, from November 5 to 9.
“We are really pleased,” said Poppy Appeal collector Peter Maffey. “We are really grateful to the council for doing it.”
He said it would make a “tremendous difference” to the amount the charity would be able to collect.
“Last year people were saying ‘we can’t buy a poppy’, but this year we hope to be more visible,” he added.
This year’s appeal will be launched by the Mayor of Salisbury Penny Brown in the Old George Mall on Tuesday at 11am.
The Remembrance Day Parade will take place from 11am on November 10 from the Guildhall.
People who have bought wreathes from the Royal British Legion can collect them from Chris White Funeral Directors.
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