In reply to Mr Graeme Wheddon’s letter (Herald, November 27) asking why Poppy Appeal boxes are not left available until November 11, whereby people could if they wished purchase additional poppies that day, and as it was I who told him ‘in no uncertain terms’ I feel I have the right to reply.
Poppy collections are licensed, in this case by Horsham District Council, and under the terms of the convention, the cessation date for the sale of poppies is always midnight on the Sunday on or before November 11.
The dates set for this year were October 26 to November 8. Street collections must take place within this period. Royal British Legion collection boxes can be displayed in public premises such as public houses throughout the year but the actual poppy box must be removed as soon as practicable after midnight on the Sunday preceding November 11.
Being one of the many volunteers who give up their time to support this worthy cause, I collected the box in question on November 10 in accordance with the convention. Poppies should not be available after this date. Had he been able to attend the Steyning Memorial Garden the following morning, I would have given him a poppy.
Steyning and District British Legion
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