Sell­ers’ pride as poppy sales bloom

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

THIS proud squad of poppy sell­ers be­lieve this year’s tour of duty in Swansea has been the best yet.

The vet­er­ans have been at their post at the en­trance to Swansea Mar­ket from Mon­day to Satur­day for the past five weeks, sell­ing pop­pies for the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

Tom Sim­monds, an 88-year-old for­mer Army drill in­struc­tor from Town­hill, said: “It’s been ex­cel­lent this year, if we don’t break all records this year we never will. The peo­ple have been bril­liant. It’s all thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple of Swansea, the sup­port has been ex­tra­or­di­nary, and the four men I have had along­side of me; we’ve been here ev­ery day for the past 22 days. It’s been a lot of work, from 8am to 2pm; the youngest man is 75.

“So far we have filled 112 boxes and they av­er­age be­tween £150 to £200 a box.

“A chap came in last week in a wheel­chair and handed me a col­lec­tion box which I could just about lift up and then he opened his wal­let and gave us £50 of his own money. An­other lady had knit­ted some pop­pies and gave us £70 she had made through sell­ing them.”

Fred Ed­wards, a 79year-old for­mer Royal Welch Fusilier, added: “We col­lected £107,000 in Swansea last year and we will more than likely bet­ter that this year, the re­sponse has been tremen­dous.”

Also help­ing out were Pe­ter Wil­liams, Clive Prior and Pe­ter Mears, along with 95-year-old Clif­ford Guard.

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