Poppy fund off to flying start

Launch of Poppy Appeal at Wattisham Airfield ANL-141023-154131009
Launch of Poppy Appeal at Wattisham Airfield ANL-141023-154131009
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A faulty switch turned an annual poppy drop into a bit of a poppy flop for Haughley Royal British Legion branch.

Each year the branch launches its Poppy Campaign with a drop to school children at Wattisham Flying Station, but this year the Yak 52 aircraft’s intercom switch stuck so when pilot told his passenger ‘go, go go’ she could not hear him for a second or two.

Launch of Poppy Appeal at Wattisham Airfield''Pictured: Pupils from Ringshall Primary School ANL-141023-154404009

Launch of Poppy Appeal at Wattisham Airfield''Pictured: Pupils from Ringshall Primary School ANL-141023-154404009

Haughley RBL secretary Margaret Buttle said: “In those seconds they travelled about quarter of a mile, so the poppies dropped into the woods. I t was the children from Ringshall Primary School who found them in the woods.

“We use the same pilot every year so we have been giving him some stick.”

With pupils from schools in Haughley and Wattisham, plus legion members and their wives, 200 people watched the drop. Last year it helped the branch to raise £6,187 and this year they already have £3,500 in the bank.

Margaret said the World War One centenary has boosted interest with so many associated events going on this year.

Nationally, the Royal British Legion has set an appeal target of £40 million which pays for its welfare work with serving service personnel, veterans and their families.