The Leigh-on-Sea Branch of The Royal British Legion, in collaboration with Leigh-on-Sea Town Council will shortly be putting on a display throughout Leigh of over 100 poppies to celebrate the centenary of the Royal British Legion.
The Poppies come in two sizes and have been painted and decorated by local artists, schools, and art groups and will be displayed at Leigh Community Centre, Leigh Library Gardens, Leigh Road Baptist Church, the Two Tree Gallery and various other locations throughout Leigh.
The Trail will be on display during Remembrance tide which begins on 30th October when the Branch will be launching its latest Poppy Appeal. Renowned local artist Kerry Doyland, who suggested the Poppy Trail initially, will be launching the Appeal at 10.30am. The Branch will have a Coffee morning and cake sale at the Community Centre with a Tombola, Raffle and CD sale all to raise funds for the new Appeal. The Pandemic badly affected last year’s Appeal although the Branch still managed to collect almost £30,000. The year before, they collected a record £42,321.92
The Trail Guide and map can be found at www.leighonseatowncouncil.gov.uk/leigh-poppy-trail and updates can be found about the trail by searching #LeighPoppyTrail on social media.
“The artwork that has been received for the trail has been so brilliant and varied, from very small children doing lovely drawings, to incredibly talented artists who have put their own creative spin. No two poppies are alike and it is a joy to see how people have interpreted the design so differently. The Arts Group at Leigh Town Council were so pleased that the RBL included us in this project as it has been fantastic to be a part of” Francesca Smith, Leigh-on-Sea Town Council
After the display, and with the artists permission, some of the Poppies will be sold/auctioned to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.