Bumper show for Poppy Appeal

Blackpool Royal British Legion-celebrating raising �126,100 from the Poppython last year.
Blackpool Royal British Legion-celebrating raising �126,100 from the Poppython last year.
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Entertainers are gearing up for a bumper annual day of shows to raise money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Compere Ian Coleman hopes the 24th Poppython event in Blackpool will not only help to raise thousands for the charity but also help the show to maintain its crown as the biggest fund-raiser for the Poppy Appeal outside of the official charity itself.

The event has raised more than £126,000 over the past 24 years and has hosted more than 1,000 entertainers, performing for free, over that time.

This year’s show takes place at Blackpool’s Royal British Legion Club, on King Street, this coming Saturday, with doors opening at 10am and acts starting from 11.30am.

Mr Coleman, president of Blackpool’s Royal British Legion branch, said: “We’ve won a global award for the most money raised for the Poppy Appeal outside of the official Poppy Appeal.

“We’re doing our best to look after those who’ve served our country and I’m sure everyone would like to support us.”

Acts on the bill this year include comedian Johnny Casson, mind reader Ken Webster, comedy vocalist Tommy Nolan, multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Nairn, vocalist Lorraine Hulme and dancers from Nicky Figgins Dance Academy.

Mr Coleman added: “It’s a non-stop show, to keep it rolling I’m doing auctions while things are going on behind me.”

Last year’s event was a very special one – it featured the 1,000th act in the show’s history and featured a rousing musical tribute to the home nations.

Organisers are appealing for anyone with possible auction prizes to contact them at the club. Entry to the event on Saturday costs £2.50.

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