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 2021

The service took place on Thursday, November 11, and in attendance were senior officials from the local Royal British Legion: including the Poppy Appeal Organiser Les Gilchrist and The Chairman Mike Dale.

Captain Gerry Christie(retired) of the Northumberland A.C.F Casino Band Buglers sounded the Last Post and then the Reveille.

Reverend Eric Lewis of St Mary’s Church presided.

The traditional auction of the Club’s Flanders Poppy was carried out by Club Official Alan Cook

The auction on our centenary year 2020 was cancelled due to Covid -19; as a consequence the committee made the unusual decision to run a first and second place auction this year to obviate the need to have a gap on the honour board.

i.e. greatest bid to take the 2020 slot, and second place to take 2021.

Bidding was vigorous between 4 bidders eventually reduced to 2.

Barry Wallace bid £1500 for the 2020 slot and Tina Blacklock bid £1400 to take 2021.

You may remember that Barry won the bid in 2019 and was very keen to have 2 years consecutive on the board; an extremely generous gesture.

In addition to this a further £600 was collected from the floor which included 2 individual cheques of £100 each.

Therefore a total of £3500 was raised for the British Legion

This was a tremendous effort by the Club Members and Friends.