Some of you may be aware that at the end of August last year (2017), I took on the responsibility for organising the Poppy Appeal in Cromer and the surrounding area.
Poppy collecting / fundraising is something I have done for nearly 15 years and for the last 8 or so years the metal poppy pin has been available to the public making a donation.
Each year I am located outside the Nat West Bank in Cromer. A and chair is set up for me and from there I sit with my tray of poppies. Setting aside the reason for me being there it is a fantastic opportunity to meet and talk to people. They want to tell me about their father or their grandfather who fought in one of the two World Wars. They are proud of their relatives and what they did for their country and they are proud to remember or honour them by wearing a poppy, As a collector of 20th century medals I am always interested to hear which medals their brave relatives were awarded and last year met someone whose great-grandfather was awarded a Military Cross in WWI.
Returning to the metal poppy pin, for numerous reason we have never had enough to meet the demand in Cromer but to solve this, as soon as the 1918 / 2018 pin was available, I ordered 800 pins for the public. This year, anyone who wants one should be able to get one without any problem.
Whilst ordering the 1918 / 2018 pins I noticed an item that confirms that in the centenary year of the end of WWI the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal have acknowledged that the pins have become extremely collectible. They have released a set of 5 pins dated 1914 / 2014, 1915 / 2015, 1916 / 2016, 1917 / 2017, 1918 / 2018 which can be mounted on a card, as shown on the photograph.
There are not endless supplies of these and I doubt whether they will be available by the time the annual Remembrance period comes along in October and November. They come supplied with the card, flat and the five pins individually packed for you to assemble yourself.
If you have any questions or would like to get your hands on one of these please let me know and we can arrange something.
Finally, as the Poppy Appeal Organiser for Cromer, I can confidently state that every penny or pound or coin and note you donate goes straight to the funds of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.