Alvingham woman has been selling poppies since WWII


An Alvingham woman has been doing her bit to pay tribute to fallen war heroes for 70 years.

Jean Shucksmith, 85, began selling poppies in the village in 1944 after being asked to do so by Cockerington Village School.

Jean said: “I suppose it was something expected of us at first, and then I just chose to carry on.”

And indeed, Jean did carry on - and continues to sell poppies each November to this day.

Jean’s father went to fight in France during the First World War and was lucky to come back alive.

Her uncle, Frederick Bywater from Louth, was less fortunate. He died on August 21, 1918, just weeks before the end of the war.

Jean has become well-known in Alvingham for selling poppies over the years, but she hastens to add that she does not do the task alone.

“My daughter helped me this year”, said Jean. “And there are three other poppy sellers in the village.”

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