Poppy appeal opens annual pop-up shop

The Royal British Legion pop-up shop is open
The Royal British Legion pop-up shop is open
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The Royal British Legion has opened its pop-up-shop in Bedford with the help of Oakley Air Cadets to the sound of bagpipes.

For the fifth year, the legion’s Bedford and District Branch has taken over a unit in the Harpur Centre to encourage shoppers to purchase their poppy, donate, obtain information on how to volunteer, join the Royal British Legion, or take a look at the memorabilia on show.

Poppy Appeal organiser Angela Parker said: “We do have an ambitious fund raising target for 2014/15 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.”

The Harpur Centre Manager Sam Laycock added: “The Pop Up Poppy Shop has gone from strength to strength over the years and we are proud to be supporting such a worthwhile cause again, especially as we are commemorating 100 years since the start of the first world.

“We would also like to thank the local TA and Kempston Detachment Army Cadets for donating the equipment for our display. We are sure our customers will be as generous as ever and will wear their poppies with pride.”

The pop-up store will be open every day until Saturday, November 8.

It is located next to Toni&Guy in Horne Lane Mall, and was opened by Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson.

Services of Remembrance will take place Sunday, November 9, at the War Memorial, Bedford Embankment, and outside Boots by the Harpur Centre, on Tuesday, November 11, at 11am.