Coast’s Poppy Appeal raises over £13,000

The Zumbathon night held in Mablethorpe.
The Zumbathon night held in Mablethorpe.

ZUMBA fun was had by all on Saturday night as the British Legion finished their Poppy Appeal fundraising in spectacular style.

Over 100 people packed into the Golden Sands Live Lounge in Mablethorpe, enjoying a drink and a dance in the name of a good cause.

In all £620.29 was raised, taking the total for the local Poppy Appeal campaign to £13,377.38, thanks to the volunteers’ hard work and residents’ generosity.

Perhaps the main event of the evening though was the visit of four legged Buster, a Royal Air Force search dog awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross for his work sniffing out weapons and explosives in hostile regions around the world.

The now retired springer spaniel was present with his owners Michael and Tracy Barrow, both sergeants in the RAF.

Also in attendance were many of the area’s veterans who continue to give their time to remember fallen friends and ensure the British Legion can support armed forces personnel to this day.

Mark Reddin, of the Royal British Legion, said: “We had a fantastic night. We are extremely grateful to Golden Sands for giving us the venue for free and assisting us wherever they could, without them the zumbathon would not have been possible.

“The total raised is down to the generosity of the people of Mablethorpe, Sutton, and Theddlethorpe and of course the local businesses who have been very accommodating to our collectors over the poppy fortnight.”

The local arm of the British Legion is holding its next meeting on Friday, December 16 at 7pm at Mablethorpe’s Victoria Guest House. This is a chance for veterans and other people to meet and exchange their stories.

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