Royal British Legion events in Algarve

On Wednesday, October 9, a small crowd of supporters gathered at Portimão airfield to watch a stalwart member of the Legion, Shirley Blackman, make a tandem parachute jump from 15,000ft raising over €600 for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. After the jump, Shirley said: “It was amazing, I had the time of my life, but my legs are like jelly.” When asked if she would do it again, the response was “most definitely”.

Apart from the usual monthly lunches in the eastern and central Algarve, a busy time is ahead as RBL goes into the Poppy Appeal collection period. Poppies will be available to buy at various shops, restaurants and bars throughout the Algarve.

To launch the appeal, RBL is holding a Poppy Appeal launch coffee morning at the Holiday Inn in Armação de Pêra on Saturday, October 26 from 10 am to 12 noon, with musical entertainment from Suzanne Wilson.

On November 10, RBL will be holding the official Remembrance Service at St Luke’s Church, Palhagueira, starting at 10.50am. Both the British Ambassador, Christopher Sainty, and the British Vice-Consul (Algarve), Clive Jewell, will be attending this year.

To bring this year’s Poppy Appeal to a close, a dinner dance will be held in Albufeira on November 16.

For details of the Royal British Legion events in the Algarve, contact the Algarve Rep Colin Hearn on telephone 926 90 8089 or email [email protected]