An Armed Forces Day event in Crawley raised more than £700 for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
The event, which was attended by hundreds of people in Queens Square on June 27, raised £719.15 for the appeal, said Crawley Borough Council.
The appeal helps Armed Forces families coping with bereavement, living with disability or help finding employment.
Armed Forces Day in Crawley was officially opened by Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Chris Cheshire, and Councillor Michael Jones, Cabinet member for Community Engagement.
Top quality performances from the London Swing Dance Band Society, Ronnie Scott’s rejects, Eve Lily Ozmen, the army cadets of 103 REME and the pipers of RAF cadets wowed the crowds.
Sue Sadler, from the Royal British Legion, said: “A staggering amount was raised for our Poppy Appeal through donations from the generous people of Crawley.
“This was a fantastic event organised by Crawley Borough Council, which showed what a tremendous level of support Crawley gives to our Armed Forces, both ex-service and still serving and their families.”
Councillor Jones said: “Armed Forces Day was a wonderful event enjoyed by hundreds of people, but along with the top performances there was a serious message as well.
“I’d like to thank the Crawley residents who were so generous in raising a great deal of money for the Poppy Appeal, which will help the Royal British Legion’s welfare work.”
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