RBL celebrates Armed Forces Day with Poppy Picnic

The Royal British Legion has asked its members worldwide to celebrate Armed Forces Day with a Poppy Picnic – and the branch here in Portugal is leaping to attention.

“The idea of holding events simultaneously across the world is that everyone celebrates as one big family and raises funds for the Poppy Appeal,” explained Portugal chairwoman Jacquie Collins.

Armed Forces Day, which takes place on Saturday, June 27, is held as a way of showing support to the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, including those currently serving, as well as families, veterans and cadets.

Celebrations begin in the UK on Monday, June 22, when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

Here in the Algarve, the Poppy Picnic will be held at Casa Grande in Burgau, Lagos, on Saturday, June 27.

Entitled the Garden Poppy Picnic, the event will take place from 2pm to 6pm.

Casa Grande earned lasting fame as a location for the “One Foot In The Grave” spin-off “One Foot In The Algarve”, the BBC’s 1993 Christmas special featuring the irascible Victor Meldrew.

Jacquie Collins explained: “Casa Grande is a 100-year-old Portuguese estate house which is owned by the irrepressible Sally Vincent. She has kindly offered it as the location for this garden party on behalf of the Legion.

“Together, we plan a really fun day for all the people who join us – everyone is welcome.”

There will be loads of entertainment, including games such as bingo, name the doll and much more.

Also on the agenda is a Summer Fancy Hat Competition, held in three categories – men, women and children.

Admission is €3 for adults and €1 for children over the age of four.

Portugal’s RBL chairman also made a special request for anyone accomplished at face painting to come along and help out.

“The lady we would normally use is on holiday on the 17th, but she says we can borrow her paints and equipment. We need someone to help us out by donating their time and expertise,” she said.

The RBL is also welcoming offers from people who could help on the day by manning stalls and other jobs.

Anyone willing to help can contact Sue Salisbury-Howe on 969324117 or email [email protected]

Photo: The RBL’s chairwoman Jacquie Collins has organised a Poppy Picnic to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.