THE Torrevieja Pipes and representatives of the Royal British Legion from all across the Costa Blanca will attend the launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal.
It will take place in Benidorm on Friday October 18 in the presence of the mayor, and long-time supporter of the RBL, Sr Jose Pérez.
He will be accompanied by Ms Kate Green, Overseas Team Lead of the RBL Worldwide, British Consul, Ms Sara-Jane Morris, and both Capt Jonathan Beaney RM and Cdr Ed Dunn RN, who will be representing the Defence Attaché in Madrid.
Two other regulars at the head of the parade will be Wayne Campbell and Skippy Teasdale, from the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. The pair have been attending the launch for the last four or five years and will be easily recognisable in their bright scarlet coats.
In the RBL’s District North, which encompasses the Costa Blanca, the RBL Poppy Appeal will be aiming to exceed the 2018 total of €176,000. This money will be used to support Service and ex-Service personnel and their families here in Spain, through hardships, injuries and bereavements.
EThe launch will be preceded by a short parade from Calle Castellon along Paseo de Levante to Rincon de Loix, Benidorm. It gets underway at noon and will be led by the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums, along with standard bearers from across the many branches that make up Spain District North.