Citizen saves day for poppy sellers

Poppy Sellers in CMK,
Poppy Sellers in CMK,

THE Citizen came to the rescue of a group of poppy sellers after they were told they couldn’t have a table for their merchandise in thecentre:mk.

Poppy sellers raising money for the Royal British Legion were told they were not allowed to have a table to sell their merchandise, which includes t-shirts, commemorative crosses and wristbands sold along with the traditional poppies.

Originally, sellers representing the Newport Pagnell British Legion were told by the Bucks County Co-ordinator that thecentre:mk had sent them a letter saying that they would be free to sell poppies but a table would not be allowed in.

This would have seen sellers, many of them elderly, carrying boxes of merchandise before setting up and standing for hours selling poppies.

But after a call from the Citizen the centre reversed their decision allowing the stand,

A centre:mk spokesman said that there had been an ‘administration error’ on their part and the Royal British Legion, who the centre have supported for a number of years, were welcome.

Phil Buse, bar manager at the Newport Pagnell British Legion, said: “Thanks very much to the Citizen for getting involved in this. Some of the sellers are in their 60s and 70s and would have really struggled. It would have made the job so difficult.”

“This is a very important year for the British Legion as it is the 90th anniversary of the association and Armistice Day this year will be 11/11/11.”

Newport Pagnell Branch committee member, Geoff Church, was one of those who was on hand to sell poppies with volunteers on the day.

He said: “We had a very successful weekend with a lot of people coming to our table, buying poppies and stopping for a chat. It was a wonderful response.

“Having the table with us to hold all the merchandise made all the difference and meant we could sell a lot more of the various items.”