The Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, the Commandant of RAF College Cranwell, the Mayor of Sleaford and Sleaford and North Hykeham MP, Stephen Phillips, joined a packed house on Saturday for a sombering but inspirational start to the Sleaford Branch of the Royal British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal. Several hundred people from across the area heard a first class concert led by the Sleaford Concert Band at St Denys' Church, before the band led the act of remembrance, followed by some communal singing, finishing with The Lincolnshire Poacher. Last year, local members of the Royal British Legion raised nearly £30,000 as part of the Poppy Appeal -- money spent across the County on welfare work with brave armed forces veterans. Speaking at the event, Stephen Phillips MP paid tribute to those who tirelessly raise money for this important cause and stressed its ongoing importance. "The work of the Royal British Legion is perhaps now more important than it has ever been and I know that even in these tough times, we will all continue to look after those who protect our freedoms."
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