Le­gion’s ‘out­rage’ as dis­plays at­tacked

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

THE Yeovil branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion has ex­pressed its anger af­ter its poppy dis­plays were van­dalised in the town.

There have been nu­mer­ous reports of van­dal­ism in re­cent weeks of dis­plays com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

It has been al­leged that poppy dec­o­ra­tions on King Ge­orge Street were torn down and that the Yeovil War Memo­rial and the Com­mon­wealth War Graves sign on Pre­ston Road were also de­faced.

This comes af­ter the Poppy of Hon­our was smashed in Win­can­ton.

Christo­pher Le Hardy, the pres­i­dent of the branch, said: “On be­half of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and all the won­der­ful peo­ple of south Som­er­set that sup­port our Armed Forces and their fam­i­lies, I write to ex­press out­rage at the sense­less tear­ing down of poppy dec­o­ra­tions on King Ge­orge Street in Yeovil, the de­fac­ing of the Yeovil War Memo­rial and the Com­mon­wealth War Graves sign on Pre­ston Road and the dam­age in Win­can­ton to the World War One Poppy of Hon­our.

“In a week that has seen the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex sup­port­ing the suc­cess of the In­vic­tus Games for in­jured ser­vice­men and women in Aus­tralia, the launch of the Poppy Ap­peal na­tion­wide and the Chan­cel­lor’s pledge for fund­ing for men­tal health through the Covenant Foun­da­tion, it is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able that a very, very small el­e­ment in our so­ci­ety see fit to in­sult the mem­ory of those that died for our free­dom.”

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