An act of remembrance was taken to new depths for a group of residents from the Mablethorpe area who made the wearing of a poppy a life commitment.
Over £1,000 has been raised for the Mablethorpe and District Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal thanks to the individuals who braved the needle and had a poppy inked on their body.
For this group of local residents, they are now able to wear a poppy with pride for life.
Residents both old and young took the plunge for the poppy tattoo, including 75-year-0ld Barbara Hall and 22-year-old Mitch Whiley.
Mitch who now lives in Alford and is currently in the RAF regiment three squadron after recently coming back from a six-month tour in Afghanistan said: “I just came into the town to have my hair cut, but when I heard a 75-year-old lady was brave enough to have a poppy tattoo, I decided I wanted to do my bit too.”
The idea for this sponsored poppy tattoo was devised by resident Maureen Bishop who thought it would be a great plan to raise further funds for the poppy appeal and with the British Legion’s backing, the tattoos quickly got underway.
Tattooist Mark Galbraith from Ink Addiction Tattoo Studio in Victoria Road, Mablethorpe spent all day Saturday tattooing poppies and was more than happy to help out this vital cause and even pledged to donate £2.50 to the poppy appeal on each tattoo he inked.
Poppy Appeal organiser, Mark Reddin who also got a poppy tattoo added: “We thought that Maureen’s idea of poppy tattoos was a fantastic
idea to raise funds for the poppy appeal.
“Over £1,000 has been raised already with more funds still coming in. We’re all wearing a poppy for life, not just for November.”
The following day on Remembrance Sunday, both Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea gained huge crowd numbers at the resort’s memorial services.
This was the biggest attendance seen in the town’s for the last few years.
Memorial services took place in Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea and at the RNLI lifeboat station.
Col Sweeney, chairman of the Mablethorpe and District Royal British Legion said: “There was a great sense of community at Sunday’s remembrance services with a tremendous turnout by people both old and young.
“We wasn’t able to have a parade this year, but it didn’t detract from the day at all.”
Town clerk for the Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea Town Council, Steve Fletcher added: “I was proud to be part of the community on Sunday at the three services I attended where I witnessed the support given by residents and visitors of all ages.