The Marple Poppy Appeal Team has achieved remarkable success over the last five years since being reinvigorated by retired businessman Kevin Murray in 2017. Thanks to Kevin's new ideas and the generosity of the Marple Community they have raised an astounding £94,883 for the Royal British Legion in the intervening period. There seems no doubt they will take that to six figures this year!
Even in 2020, despite the restrictions imposed by the global Covid19 pandemic, the Marple Poppy Appeal Team found new ways to succeed without selling poppies by creating “Walls of Remembrance” in Marple Memorial Park, Compstall, Mellor and Mill Brow. This has quickly become a new tradition, as the Ride of Remembrance may also do too following such a successful introduction in 2021.
We are pleased to announce that we will be doing the Ride of Remembrance again this year involving 100 motorbikes riding through the town. Each rider will carry one of the large street poppies with the name of one of the fallen men from the Marple area. The ride will be on Sunday 23rd October starting at 2pm and the route will be from St Paul’s Church in Compstall, into Marple Bridge, up Station Road to Stockport Road, turning left up to Hibbert Lane, then right up Hibbert Lane to Hawk Green, Left past The Crown, left at Ridge Road, down Church Lane to Hibbert Lane roundabout, turning right to Stockport Road and then up to Marple Memorial Park, where the poppies carried by the riders will be transferred onto the Wall of Remembrance.
The ride will be well worth watching and we would like you to show your appreciation for the riders by lining the streets where you can and applauding them as they pass by.
This year will also see our “Who was I?” campaign, which involves the public finding out about the local men who gave the ultimate sacrifice. There are a series of cards available to help you find out more information. We are also introducing special "Marple Pals" guided walks, aided by the very knowledgeable Andy Cook, which are very interesting and informative.
There are two different walks over four Sundays, starting from Marple Memorial Park at 11am on the 2nd and 12noon for the remainder.
We are looking for local businesses to sponsor the Wall of Remembrance by making a small donation to the appeal. Sponsors will be promoted on local social media sites as well as the Marple Website and The Marple Review and will receive a quantity of the A3 poster to display in your premises.
The A3 window posters were very popular last year and so we are re-doing them for this year’s appeal, so you can show your support by having one displayed in your window. The posters will be available from our gazebo on the Hollins on Saturday 22nd and 29th October. They will also be available in all the local primary schools, on our stand in Asda from 31st October and various shops throughout the area. (Currently Stationery Supplies, Marple Health, Marple Bridge Stores and Compstall Post Office – others may well be added – please contact the organisers if you would like your business involved).
Apart from the traditional paper poppies, we will also have a selection of enamel pins including sport favourites like Golf and Rugby as well as the Manchester Bee pin. These are in very short supply so please visit our Gazebo or stand if you would like one.
The people of Marple have always been fantastic supporters of the Poppy Appeal and we sincerely hope we can depend on your continued support yet again even in these difficult times.