Poppy heroes are honoured

DEDICATED poppy sellers from the Remembrance Day appeal have been honoured at a ceremony at Ripley Town Hall.

Ripley Mayor Angela Ward presented the town’s longest serving poppy sellers with certificates and medals for the hard work they have put in to raise money for the Royal British Legion’s yearly campaign.

The longest serving seller honoured was 54-year-old Elaine Wells, pictured far left, who will mark her 30th year raising funds for the charity in 2011.

Swanwick woman Elaine, who works part-time at a breakfast club at Swanwick Primary School and Tambers Pharmacy in Alfreton, gave up her weekends to sell poppies door-to-door along the length of Sleetmoor Lane, which runs from Swanwick to Somercotes.

She said: “I started doing it back when I was 24 because I thought out of all the things you can do for someone else, giving your life is the utmost.

“Sometimes it is absolutely throwing it down with rain but it’s something I want to do.”

Elaine, who was previously sent an invitation to attend an award ceremony by the British Legion said she did not know she was going to get the award until she arrived at the town hall on the night. She said: “It was a very nice surprise!”