THERE will be smiles all-round in Ellesmere next weekend as a group of youngsters help to raise money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Members of the Ellesmere Brownies’ Monday group are busy rehearsing a musical medley for the town’s annual Poppy Concert, featuring songs from both world wars
Old favourites such as ‘We’ll meet Again’, ‘Pack up your Troubles’ and ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ will be included in the performance at Ellesmere Comrades Club on the evening of Saturday, November 13.
As well as boosting the poppy fund, the 22 girls will also be earning two much-coveted activity badges, one for Performance and the other for the Midlands Girl Guiding Group’s ‘Share a Smile’ challenge.
“The girls are really enthusiastic and they can’t wait to get on stage,” said Brownie pack leader Caroline Ford.
“They’ve been working hard in rehearsals for weeks, they’re in fine voice and they’ll be raising the roof, especially as last year’s concert had to be cancelled because of Covid restrictions.”
The Brownies will join other local entertainers for the concert, including Porthywaen Silver Band, members of the Ellesmere Amateur Dramatic Society and talented soprano singer Rhian Carys Jones, a student at the Welsh College of Music and Drama
The show’s producer, Ian Williams – president of Ellesmere and District Legion branch and county branch chairman – said: “Our first poppy concert took place more than 40 years ago and it’s especially heart-warming to have young people taking part and helping to maintain a long and proud tradition.
“We’re hoping to have a big audience to support them.”
The concert begins at 7.30 pm on November 13. Tickets costing £3 are available at the door.