Run­ners in a dash to pay their re­spects to heroes

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

MORE than 200 run­ners marked Re­mem­brance Sun­day by tak­ing part in the Hud­der­s­field Poppy Dash in Green­head Park.

Par­tic­i­pants, who made a do­na­tion to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s Poppy Ap­peal, braved a chilly morn­ing be­fore they warmed up with a 5k run.

It started at the war memo­rial where bu­gler Holly Baker, 13, a King James’ School pupil from Kirkheaton, sounded the Last Post just be­fore the run­ners set off.

For­mer Mayor of Kirklees Clr Jim Dodds, who gave a short speech, said he hoped the Poppy Dash would be­come an an­nual event be­cause the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion was do­ing vi­tal work which re­quired fund­ing.

“The sad fact is there are thou­sands of ex-ser­vice­men liv­ing rough in Britain, and in York­shire thou­sands of them are un­em­ployed.”

He praised the role of young peo­ple in sup­port­ing the Poppy Ap­peal.

“It’s great that young­sters are get­ting in­volved and un­der­stand­ing what the Poppy Ap­peal is about. Kirklees Col­lege stu­dents have been around town this year sell­ing pop­pies. The ap­peal is also well sup­ported by air, sea and Army cadets.”

Poppy Dash race di­rec­tor Wayne Law said: “The Poppy Dash was free to en­ter, with par­tic­i­pants mak­ing a do­na­tion. We hope to raise a sim­i­lar amount to last year, which was around £2,000.”

Deb­bie West­lake, county fundraiser for the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, said: “This event is ab­so­lutely bril­liant. Wayne is very kindly stag­ing this event for free, with all do­na­tions go­ing di­rectly to Royal Bri­tish Le­gion to help lo­cal Forces fam­i­lies.

“It’s won­der­ful to see so many peo­ple out on such a cold day.”

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