Published Monday 24th October 2011
This is a special year as Britain marks the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion, and the Armistice Day commemorations will be on the 11th hour of 11 – 11 – 11.
Robin Vickery, Chairman of the Ipswich & District Royal British Legion, said: "With the help of the Borough Council's parks staff, the Legion is organising a Remembrance Garden in Christchurch Park for two weeks from Saturday 29th October. Anyone can lay a Poppy Cross in remembrance and the crosses and directions to the garden can be obtained from either the Reg Driver Visitor Centre or Christchurch Mansion.
"Secondly, with the help of the Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre and the Borough Council, we are having a Poppy Shop for two weeks in Tower Ramparts commencing Saturday 29th October. People will be able to buy items produced by disabled ex-Service personnel working at the Poppy factory at Aylesford, Kent. The shop is being run by volunteers and all profits will go to the RBL Poppy Appeal."
The programme of events is as follows:
Saturday 29th October:
11am - Opening of the Remembrance Garden in Christchurch Park by Robin Vickery.
Noon - Poppy Appeal Launch by the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor John Le Grys, and the Harwich Royal British Legion Pipe and Drum Band on the steps of the Town Hall. Veterans' organisations and Standards will be in attendance.
12.30pm - Official opening of The Poppy Shop in Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre by the Mayor of Ipswich.
Friday 11th November:
10.50am - Armistice Day Service at the Fields of Honour in Ipswich Old Cemetery. Some 220 local primary school children will lay crosses on each of the War Graves. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor Roger Fern, Civic leaders, veterans' organisations, Standards and members of the public will attend.
Sunday 13th November:
10.50am - Annual Remembrance Sunday Service in Christchurch Park. Service personnel, veterans, civic leaders, Standards, local organisations and members of the public will attend.