Your article: Long service awards for poppy selling volunteers

Freda Back receiving her award from the branch chairman Steve Forde.
Freda Back receiving her award from the branch chairman Steve Forde.

Dedicated volunteers have been recognised for their many years service selling poppies in the Pocklington area on behalf of the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

Several people were invited to a special tea at the old courthouse, on George Street, to honour them for their efforts to support the branch’s annual Poppy Appeal. Every year for at least 15 years the volunteers have sold poppies house to house in Pocklington and surrounding villages.

Nine people were presented with their long service awards by branch chairman Steve Forde. They were:

Hazel Marshall, of Melbourne – 40 year award

Patricia Lyon, of Pocklington – 40 year award

Darrell Lyon, of Pocklington – 20 year badge

Sarah Cook, of Pocklington – 20 year badge

Fran Waight, of Millington – 20 year badge

Tony Petch, of Pocklington – 15 year gentleman’s tie pin

Joyce Day, of Pocklington – 15 year ladies brooch

Jane Gray, of Burnby – 15 year ladies brooch

Freda Back, of Pocklington – 15 year ladies brooch.

A spokesperson for the Pocklington branch of the Royal British Legion said: “Many of those accepting awards are not members of the Royal British Legion, but are willing to give their time once a year for this worthwhile cause.” One Pocklington family will have four members collecting during the 2015 Poppy Appeal. They are mum Patricia Lyon, son Darrell Lyon, daughter Sarah Cook and granddaughter, Paige Cook. Further awards will be given to four other volunteers at a later date.