Pride of place in the Club goes to a Flanders Poppy in a glass case. This poppy is one of six originally manufactured in 1923 and we believe is the only example to have survived.
Since 1923 the poppy has been auctioned every year on November 11th and the proceeds are given to the Royal British Legion. The first auction raised £2 .12. 6d and in the last four years proceeds of over £1000 have been raised at each auction The auction night is a great tradition and a major date on the Club calendar every year and is very well supported by the Members.
Poppy Night 2018
Members and supporters of Whitley Bay Comrades Club raised £3063 .00 for the 2017 Poppy Appeal at the 96th Remembrance Service held at the Club.
The service took place on Saturday, November 10, and in attendance were senior officials from the local Royal British Legion: including the Poppy Appeal Organiser Les Gilchrist and The Chairman .
Captain Gerry Christie(retired) of the Northumberland A.C.F Casino Band Buglers sounded the Last Post and then the Reveille.
Reverend Rachael Wood of St Mary’s Church presided accompanied by Rev Eric Lewis.
The traditional auction of the Club’s Flanders Poppy was carried out by Club Official Alan Cooke with the Winning bid of £2200 being made by Vera Gaul in memory of her husband Joe. This sum was increased by a collection from Members £560 (which included 2 personal cheques of £100 each). The Poppy collection box on the Bar for the sale of Poppies and badges added a further amount of £303.00 bringing the amount raised by the Comrades Club for the British Legion to a total of £3063.00
This was a tremendous effort by the Club Members and Friends.