CLUB DONATES £1,000 TO POPPY APPEAL
AFTER a connection between two of its members and the bloodiest battle of the First World War, Lower Tees Angling Association has donated £1,000 to the Billingham branch of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Keen anglers Brian and Dave Munt’s great grandfather Thomas Neesam was killed on July 1, 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, leaving behind six children.
Brian recently visited the Somme battlefields, and although Thomas’s body was never recovered, official war records identified the site where he fell, enabling Brian to place a poppy there in memory of their brave relative.
The Association suggested that money raised from its ‘Good Causes’ fund should be presented by the Munt family to the Legion and Dave, who local anglers will recognise as our Regional Officer for the North East, was proud to be present alongside Forces’ veterans and his brother and sister at the cheque’s presentation.