The Marple Poppy Appeal Team has achieved remarkable success over the last four years since being reinvigorated by retired businessman Kevin Murray in 2017. Thanks to Kevin's new ideas and the generosity of the Marple Community they have raised an astounding £68,515 for the Royal British Legion in the intervening period. Even in 2020, despite the restrictions imposed by the global Covid19 pandemic, the Marple Poppy Appeal Team found new ways to succeed without selling poppies by creating “Walls of Remembrance” in Marple Memorial Park, Compstall, Mellor and Mill Brow.
This year there should be poppies to sell again and Kevin's latest idea of a Ride of Remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Poppy Appeal is taking shape nicely.
We are hoping this year’s Poppy Appeal will be back to some form of normality, especially as this year is the 100th anniversary of the Poppy Appeal and to commemorate this milestone we will be starting the appeal with a special Ride of Remembrance involving 100 motorbikes riding through the town.
Each rider will carry one of the large street poppies with the name of one of the fallen men from the Marple area.The lead rider will carry Danny Winter's poppy, the young man from Marple who tragically lost his life serving his country in Afghanistan.
The ride will be on Sunday 24th October starting at 2pm and the route will be from St Paul’s Church in Compstall, into Marple Bridge, up Station Road to Stockport Road, turning left up to Hibbert Lane, then right up Hibbert Lane to Hawk Green, left past The Crown, left at Ridge Road, down Church Lane to Hibbert Lane roundabout, turning right to Stockport Road and then up to Marple Memorial Park, where the poppies carried by the riders will be transferred onto the Wall of Remembrance.
The ride should be well worth watching and we would like you to show your appreciation for the riders by lining the streets where you can and applauding them as they pass by.
We are looking for local businesses to sponsor the Wall of Remembrance by making a small donation to our appeal. All sponsors will be promoted through local social media sites as well as The Marple Website and The Marple Review and will receive copies of the A3 poster to display in your premises.
We are also looking for volunteers who can spare an hour or so to help during the appeal. Please get in touch as described above if you would like to help.
The A3 window posters were very popular last year and so we are re-doing them for this year’s appeal, so you can show your support by having one displayed in your window. The posters will be available from our gazebo on the Hollins on Saturday 23rd and 30th October and Nov 6th on Market Street. They will also be available in all the local primary schools, on our stand in Asda from 1st November and various shops throughout the area. (Currently Stationery Supplies, Marple Health, Marple Bridge Stores and Compstall Post Office – others may well be added – please contact the organisers if you would like your business involved).
Apart from the traditional paper poppies, we will also have a selection of enamel pins including sport favourites like Golf and Rugby as well as the Manchester Bee pin. These are in very short supply so please visit our Gazebo or stand if you would like one.
The people of Marple have always been fantastic supporters of the Poppy Appeal and we sincerely hope we can depend on your continued support yet again even in these difficult times.