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  • The 2015 Poppy Appeal in Benidorm was officially launched today – to much pomp and ceremony as it so justifiably deserves. The Torrevieja Pipes and Drums led the procession along the Levante promenade, attracting attention and applause from those that lined the route. Even the young lads drinking in the bars stood and clapped as the immaculately turned out Standard Bearers, British Legion members and ex-servicemen marched past… it certainly made everyone feel very proud of being a Brit.

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  • Her Majesty´s Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley paid a visit to Alicante yesterday – and had a very busy schedule, attending not one but two meetings. He arrived in Alicante on the AVE high speed train from the Embassy in Madrid, where he is based.

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  • One of the most popular bars in Benidorm has to be Tiki Beach on the Levante front. Whenever you pass it is virtually always packed to the rafters, with people spilling out onto the road. Some people pass judgment on those having fun – but today I spoke to one lady who cannot speak highly enough of either Tiki Beach or the clientele! The lady in question is Marilyn Rogers – Social & Membership Secretary of the RBL Benidorm branch.

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  • The 2016 Poppy Appeal was launched in Benidorm yesterday with a spectacular parade, led by the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums along the Levante promenade – making for an incredible backdrop. The sound of the bagpipes drew crowds off the beach and spectators lined the route, applauding as they passed. The immaculately turned out Standard Bearers followed – including one lady this year and behind them two gentlemen who rightfully earned the biggest applause and respect from all, the Chelsea Pensioners, wearing their distinctive scarlet coats and medals.
    The Mayor, Toni Perez walked behind, accompanied by the Vice Consul Sarah Munsterhjelm, Lt Col David Whimpenny, Captain Paul Lencass, Mr Nigel Hails – Chairman of District North of RBL in Spain and Robin Hargrave – the Poppy appeal co-ordinator. The parade finished at the end of the promenade and officials took to the stage, where The Rev Ray Andrews, Service Padre gave a prayer of thanks to start the ceremony.

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  • Benidorm had the privilege of hosting this years RBL Poppy Appeal launch with two incredible gentlemen once again rightfully stealing the show – Chelsea Pensioners Wayne Campbell and Arthur ‘Skippy’ Teasdale. The pair have been making the journey all the way from the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London for the past nine years to attend this spectacular and important event.

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