The ‘Pop Up Poppy Shop’ has opened in The Harpur Centre and will be open to customers and raising funds for the next few days.
The shop was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Bedford, Cllr Charles Royden, with the help of local Sea Cadets and to the sound of bagpipes.
The store, which is now in its fourth year, is located next to Cargo in Horne Lane Mall and will be open seven days a week until Saturday, November 9.
Shoppers can purchase their poppy, donate, obtain information on how to volunteer, or simply pay a visit to see the memorabilia on show.
Last year the Royal British Legion Bedford and District branch raised nearly £50,000 and the group has set a target to exceed this amount with a little help from Harpur Centre customers and all those purchasing poppies in the local area.
Poppy Appeal organiser Angela Parker said: “We do have an ambitious fundraising target for 2013-14 but based on last year’s phenomenal success, we are confident the public will support us. “I would like to thank The Harpur Centre for making a unit available for us to run the appeal once again.”
Sam Laycock, Harpur Centre manager, said: “The Pop Up Poppy Shop has gone from strength to strength over the past four years and we are proud to be supporting such a worthwhile cause again. “We are sure our customers will be as generous as ever and will wear their poppies with pride.”
A service of Remembrance will take place outside Boots by the Harpur Centre on Monday, November 11 at 11am.
For further information visit www.harpurcentre.co.uk or call 01234 357330.