Bolton fixture marks annual Poppy Appeal

FRIDAY’S match against Bolton Wanderers at Carrow Road will mark the Club’s annual support of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

In the year that marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, The Royal British Legion is encouraging everyone to support the Poppy Appeal for the memory of the fallen and the future of the living.

Fans arriving for the game will be welcomed by current service personnel and Legion volunteers collecting for the charity and sporting the distinctive red poppies.

Representatives of locally-based service men and women from RAF Marham, the Royal Navy and The Light Dragoons will be invited pitchside to form a Guard of Honour to welcome the players onto the pitch and also take part in a half-time pitch parade. A minute’s silence will also be held ahead of the 7.45pm kick-off.

The Light Dragoons have been based at Swanton Morley near Dereham since 2001 but are due to leave their Norfolk base next year to move to Catterick in Richmond, Yorkshire, to be replaced by The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, who are returning from Germany.

For this game our Community Hero will be Sergeant Rix of The Light Dragoons who will bring out the matchball from the tunnel.

Although originally from Doncaster he is currently based at Swanton Morley with the regiment and has conducted 7 operational tours seeing active service in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He has been a Norwich City season ticket holder along with his son Vinnie for 5 years in the Norwich and Peterborough stand – and Vinnie will join him ahead of the game to place the matchball on our Community Hero plinth.

Pictured: City Captain Russell Martin and goalkeeper John Ruddy helped launched the Club’s involvement with this year’s Royal British Legion at a recent photo shoot at Colney.

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