Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Amber weather warnings following high winds and heavy rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the villagers of Cockington, who turned out in force for the now annual Purple Poppy Day in support of War Horse Memorial.
Plans had to change at the last minute, and what was to have been an open air event moved inside the wonderful Drum Inn for a very special afternoon of wonderful music, poignant readings and prayers and pomp and ceremony, provided by retired soldiers and standard bearers from the Royal British Legion.
More than a hundred villagers crowded into the pub and, wearing their purple poppies with pride, paid tribute to the horses, mules and donkeys who along with other animals have given service and sacrifice in war.
Our favourite soprano Christina Johnston was guest of honour and wearing our cloak of a thousand knitted poppies sang two songs for delighted villagers, including A Million Tears, specially written for the Appeal by Warwick, Young and Maclean.
Afterwards and once the rain had eased, guests walked to the village centre to lay wreaths and we were delighted to accept a cheque for £2,590 to support our chosen charities.
Last year the picturesque Devon village become the first in Britain to hold a Purple Poppy Day thanks to the hard work of our very special Ambassador Volunteers, Kirk and Hannah Petrakis who run K and H Cockington Carriages, and provide popular rides around the village, and Matt Rogan from local radio station Breeze FM who once again was master of ceremonies.
Our grateful thanks to everyone involved who have supported Kirk, Hannah and Matt this year, and to the Drum Inn, for coming to the rescue when the weather threatened to cancel the event.