THE 2020 launch of the Royal British Legion(Spain North) Poppy Appeal was held behind closed doors in Benidorm last Friday(October 16).

In contrast to the usual parade of standards through the city streets, a short ceremony was staged at the Oscar Espia amphitheatre.

In an act of remembrance, wreaths were laid by dignitaries including Benidorm mayor, Toni Perez, and Sara Munsterhjelm, the British Vice Consul in Alicante.

Lt Col Nick Keen from the RBL said:

“The current situation with COVID-19 doesn’t mean that the RBL here in Spain has shut down.”

“Far from it, as we’ve been busier than ever supporting veterans and their families who find themselves in need.”

Nick emphasised that all money raised locally is ‘spent in Spain on caring for beneficiaries’.

Last year’s appeal accumulated over €156,000.

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