Collingham Royal British Legion
The president of Collingham Royal British Legion Mr Mel Shaw (far right) presented long-service awards to branch chairman Mr Terry Jacklin (left) and vice-chairman Mr John Suter (centre) and, pictured right, Mrs Joan Baston

Three Royal British Legion volunteers, who between them have clocked up 70 years selling poppies, have received awards for their long service.

Mrs Joan Baston, 91, Mr John Suter, 82, and Mr Terry Jacklin, 73, sell poppies for the legion’s Collingham and District branch.

They were presented with long-service awards by branch president Mr Mel Shaw.

Mrs Baston, a former Land Army girl, has sold poppies for 35 years but stepped down after the last campaign for health reasons.

The Collingham resident was presented with a medal for 30 years’ service and a bar for a further five years.

Mr Suter, of Collingham, has sold poppies for 20 years and is vice-chairman of the village branch.

After leaving the forces he was a barber at RAF Swinderby and for many years visited elderly residents to cut their hair.

He was presented with a badge that is awarded to all volunteers who serve for 20 years.

Praise for volunteers

Mr Terry Jacklin, of South Scarle, has sold poppies for 15 years and is chairman of the Collingham branch.

Mr Jacklin collects donations door-to-door every year in Collingham and surrounding villages. He was presented with a tie-pin.

Poppy Appeal organiser Mrs Judith Pugh said: “Without these volunteers we would not be able to raise so much money each year.

“I want to say a big thank-you to these people for their many years of service.”

The Collingham branch of the RBL meets at the William Bailey House Community Room at 7.30pm on the last Monday of every month, apart from bank holidays.

Anyone can join, including those with no connection to the armed forces.