Stars make Poppython ‘the best yet’

The Royal British Legion in Blackpool launched its 25th annual Poppython this lunchtime with a standard bearer ceremony and ribbon-cutting.'Cutting the ribbon with L-R: Chairman Ian Coleman, Tony Jo, Gordon Marsden MP, Royal British Legion National Chairman John Crisford, and Roy Walker.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'18-10-2014
The Royal British Legion in Blackpool launched its 25th annual Poppython this lunchtime with a standard bearer ceremony and ribbon-cutting.'Cutting the ribbon with L-R: Chairman Ian Coleman, Tony Jo, Gordon Marsden MP, Royal British Legion National Chairman John Crisford, and Roy Walker. PIC BY ROB LOCK'18-10-2014
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The organiser of this year’s annual Poppython entertainment marathon has hailed the event as one of the best yet.

The fund-raising celebration, in aid of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, celebrated its 25th birthday at the RBL Club in King Street with a host of stars including Tony Jo and Roy Walker.

Organiser and Blackpool RBL stalwart Ian Coleman said: “It was a phenomenal success. Each Poppython brings in a great deal of money – over the years we have raised more than £130,000.

“Tony Jo, Roy Walker, it was tremendous. We had 30 wonderful acts.”

Over the years famous faces including Frank Carson, Bucks Fizz, Keith Harris, Su Pollard, Les Dennis, Russ Abbott and members of the Nolan Family have appeared at the event, which has helped raise the largest amount of money for any Remembrance Day event outside of the sale of the actual poppies.

Last year Ian stepped down from the role of president of the Blackpool branch after 25 years, but he’s continued in the proud position of running the showbiz highlight of his work with the legion.

This year’s show lasted seven-and-a-half hours as more than 300 people watched to support war heroes past and present.

From humble beginnings in 1990, when the day raised £1,750, by the end of last year’s event that had topped £126,000 – rising to more than £130,000.

The Royal British Legion has been campaigning on behalf of serving members of the armed forces and veterans since 1921.

It is the UK’s leading service charity and provides care and support to everyone connected with the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.