Monday, 18 January 2016 06:42

Aspire’s Choir Supported the British Legion Remembrance Service in Kato Paphos

On the 8th November, The Royal British Legion Paphos Branch held their first Service of Remembrance at the Fort Area, Kato Paphos. With the spectacular back drop of the ancient fort and fabulous weather, the day could not have been better. But get better it did, and how!

500 chairs had been ordered, but the people kept coming. Conservative estimates put the number of people at the Service between 800 and 1000. What a fantastic response by the people of Paphos, for such a moving ceremony. When the donations were counted, the very kind and generous people of Paphos had given more than €1,500.00. Before Sunday the 8th, any person wishing to attend a Service of Remembrance would have had to travel to the Military Base, but now the Branch has their own Service of Remembrance in Paphos.

The service had the benefit of 2 local schools for support. The ASPIRE school and another local school, who lent their choirs. Before and after the Service, the gathering crowd were entertained by a superb selection of (Bag) pipe music, Played expertly by Mr John McDonald. The P.A. system was supplied by The Meerkats, Trevor and Rachel. The Service was conducted by the Paphos Branch Padre, Mr Allan Hodgson. The co-ordination of the event was managed by Helen Caplin, the Paphos Branch events Manager. The Chairman of the Royal British Legion, Paphos Branch, Mr Mark Welstead, said he was humbled and proud that the people of Paphos came in such numbers, to support the Royal British

Legion, to remember those who had made the ultimate sacrifice, to those who are injured and disabled, to the service families that still need support, and for the Service men and women who, every-day, put themselves at risk to protect our freedom.

The poppy boxes, which are only displayed for 4 weeks, have now been collected and monies counted. Again, the wonderful people of Paphos have excelled themselves. The donations given by the clients of the businesses that displayed the poppy boxes, was in excess of €8,000.00, and there are still have several more boxes to collect. The response to the poppy appeal has been overwhelming.

Thanks go to the President of the Paphos Branch of the Royal British Legion, Mr David Rees, who’s idea this was, and to the hard working members of the Committee, who supported and helped this idea to become reality.

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