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Mayor launches 2013 poppy appeal

Monday, 28 October 2013 17:28

Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Carol Malarkey JP, launched the 2013 Royal British Legion poppy appeal on Saturday October 26th in the Strand Centre.


CounterDSC 8505 MediumHer Worship the Mayor, Councillor Carol Malarkey, second right, the Mayoress Councillor Sara Hackman, third right, with left to right, veteran Eddie Pithers, Graham Hooton, Audrey Brown MBE, Pam Collister and Steve Rodan SHK


CarolSaraDSC 8518 MediumJoining Her Worship were the Mayoress Councillor Sara Hackman and the Royal British Legion’s Isle of Man county president Steve Rodan SHK and chairman Graham Hooton. Also in attendance were members of the Isle of Man Army cadet force and the Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums.


The Isle of Man has long been noted for raising more money per head of population than anywhere in the UK, an achievement remarked upon by Mr Rodan in his short speech of welcome and also by Her Worship who referred to the Manx nation’s unfailing generosity ‘even in these difficult economic times’. Mr Hooton added that the 2012 appeal had raised £108,000 and the 2013 target across the UK had been set at £37 million.


The occasion also provided Her Worship the opportunity to be among the first to view the art exhibition ‘Shadow of the Bomb’, inspired by the experiences of the British nuclear test veterans. The exhibition had been mounted by charity for atomic veterans the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association (BNTVA) with works, principally by artist Gary Bennett, (pictured below) interpreting veterans’ physical and mental suffering and anguish, and hosted in the Strand Centre by the association’s chairman, Nigel Heaps.


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HeapsGroupDSC 8540 MediumThe Mayor and Mayoress with BNTVA chairman Nigel Heaps, artist Gary Bennett and veteran Eddie Pithers


Group DSC8542 MediumThe civic party was also joined by members of Tynwald, including the President, the Hon Clare Christian, pictured front row third left