A characterful horse of the Royal Navy/Royal Marines Stables helped launch the Royal British Legion (RBL) Plymouth City Poppy Appeal (Wednesday).
Dressed to impress with a mane adorned with poppies, the brown and white horse called Bob drew the crowds to raise awareness of the Poppy Appeal in the city centre piazza with their handlers from the Royal Navy/Royal Marines Stables at Bickleigh – the only RN stables in the country. The stables houses civilian and military horses.
The stables host equine courses for a serving and veteran service personnel to help them recover from physical and psychological issues which have arisen from duty (combat or non-combat origin) or non-duty incidents. The RBL pays for some of these courses, one of the many ways the RBL supports serving and veteran military personnel and their families.
The event included the Army Commandoes of 29 Commando led by the Plymouth Pipe band marching from their base at the Plymouth Citadel to the city centre.
Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines joined the Army Commandoes to collect donations by selling poppies for the RBL.
Other static displays included a ‘Poppy Man’, Armed Forces Careers Centre recruiting, children’s activities and military vehicles on the Piazza. At the RBL Pop-In Centre attractions include music, Poppy Workshop, Poppy Cakes from Plymouth City College cake bake challenge.