PEOPLE in Ashbourne who have given years of service to raising money for the Royal British Legion by selling poppies have been honoured at a special awards ceremony.
The event, held last week at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, was held by the Ashbourne branch of the Royal British Legion and the committee’s chairman Tony Millward welcomed dignitaries including the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Derek Mapp, who presented the awards.
It was the first presentation of the new committee and awards were also given out to businesses and organisations which sell poppies or host year-round boxes.
More than 50 people were present on the evening which begun with the presentation of 50 year award to Lynn Birch.
Speaking on the night Mr Millward said: “I’ve always felt that we never do enough to thank everyone for the wonderful job they do, in all weathers.
“We have 28 awards to give out tonight and the total number of years we are rewarding people for is 540.
“I think this must be the largest throughout the country.”
The new chairman of the Ex-servicemen’s club, Stuart Lees, attended the ceremony, on Tuesday night, to receive an award on behalf of the club.
An award was also presented to the Mayor who has given 35 years of service to the cause.
Trilby Shaw, deputy chair of the Royal British Legion presented a personal award to Bethany Hemsil who, at the age of 12, is too young to receive an award, but Mrs Shaw felt it important to encourage the young people to come forward and become poppy sellers.
Corporate certificates were given to
A raffle, which was drawn on the night, was won by Sylvia Hainsworth, herself an award winner.
Corporate certificates were presented to Ashbourne Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Ashbourne Army Cadet Force, The Wheel Inn and the Ashbourne News Telegraph.