News | | Published: 09:00, Thursday November 9th, 2017.
Last updated: 09:59, Thursday November 9th, 2017
A poppy wreath handmade by volunteers from the Royal British Legion was torn down by vandals at Castle Court Shopping Centre in Caerphilly town.
The wreath was hung at the centre but was cut down by a group of teenagers on the night of Sunday, November 5.
The group then kicked and threw the wreath around, bending it out of shape. The act of vandalism, and the members of the group, were all caught on CCTV.
Colin Thomas, Manager of Castle Court Shopping Centre, said: “The Royal British Legion spent many hours making that wreath for us.
“It was up for the best part of a week before it was ripped down.
“However, I’m pleased to say that we’ve managed to straighten it out and repair it, and it is now back up.”
In addition to the poppy wreath, the shopping centre has installed a remembrance garden underneath its bandstand and has also given one of its empty units over to this year’s Poppy Appeal to be used as a ‘pop up shop’.
As part of the appeal, volunteers from the Caerphilly branch of the Royal British Legion have also produced a stunning ‘poppy wreaths’ display on an area of land near the cenotaph in the town.
Last year, the Caerphilly branch raised a record-breaking £35,336 for the Poppy Appeal, a 44% increase on what was raised the year before.
The branch are striving to raise a similar amount this year.
• This years’ Service of Remembrance in Caerphilly town takes place on Sunday, November 12 at 3pm at the cenotaph.
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