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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Bikers gather in square to launch annual Poppy Appeal

* Above and below Father Lee Taylor leads the Service of Remembrance.

Gary Perriton has just completed a 650-mile solo bike ride around the  Welsh coastline. 

* A poppy wreath laid at the war memorial by one of the legion bikers.

A group of Royal British Legion bikers were in Centenary Square this morning (Sunday) to officially launch the 2021 Poppy Appeal.

The motorcyclists, who are all armed forces veterans, were making their way around various towns in north Wales to help get the annual fundraising campaign underway.

They took part in a Service of Remembrance, led by Father Lee Taylor from St Collen's, at the two war memorials in the square which ended with the traditional two minutes' silence and the sounding of Last Post by a legion bugler.

The Llangollen branch of the legion had a gazebo set up in the square selling poppies and other tokens of Remembrance.

Just before the service began they were joined by Llangollen's Gary Perriton who has just completed a 650-mile solo bike ride around the entire Welsh coastline.

Gary took on his momentous challenge with the aim of raising awareness of homeless veterans.

He started his journey from Chepstow on Monday, October 18 and finished his odyssey in Chester on Friday.

Gary, a Royal Navy Reservist who served 34 years in the Royal Navy, cycled the entire Welsh coastline in 11 days (on the road) and at times, battled winds of up to 50mph, horizontal rain and hailstones.

However, he continued with his challenge of raising awareness of homeless veterans and funds for his two chosen charities - Launchpad and the Royal British Legion.

The charity has two houses in Liverpool and Newcastle upon Tyne and Launchpad has supported over 525 veterans since it opened in 2013.

Thanks to help from family and friends and businesses that attended the recent BITA Liverpool networking lunch event, Gary has raised over £2,500.

* People can support Gary via his fundraising page at Just Giving at:

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