Garstang’s Tower of London sale helps RBL

New owners of Garstang mayor's Tower of London poppy - Jessica and Michael Clifford and the poppy in NEW YORK.
New owners of Garstang mayor's Tower of London poppy - Jessica and Michael Clifford and the poppy in NEW YORK.

Garstang Royal British Legion will receive over £500 after the town’s youth council sold one of its iconic Tower of London red poppies.

The sale also gave an American couple the Christmas present of a lifetime.

The youth councillors and representatives of the GRBLWS ' youth mayor Myles Sutcliffe presenting ''the cheque to Chairman Mrs Hough (seated) and President Mrs Cross

The youth councillors and representatives of the GRBLWS ' youth mayor Myles Sutcliffe presenting ''the cheque to Chairman Mrs Hough (seated) and President Mrs Cross

The poppy, which was originally on display on the Tower of London, was sold to New Yorker Jessica Clifford, who bought the flower as a present for her husband Michael.

Jessica said: “First of all I would like to thank Lynn Harter and the Garstang Town Council as well as the youth council for organizing the Tower of London Poppy auction.

“Needless to say, I was overjoyed to learn I had won. The poppy was a Christmas gift to my husband Michael, who is an avid reader, collector and historian of the First and Second World War.

“By the time we had learned of the Blood Swept Lands display in 2014, it was already too late to purchase one of these incredible pieces of art. I can only say that Michael was overwhelmed with surprise and emotion.  It will probably be the only time in his life that he has been rendered speechless. The poppy has taken pride of place in our home and is a reminder of the sacrifice of all of our ancestors.”

Joesph Patrick Hughes. The soilder who the poppy represents from the First World War.

Joesph Patrick Hughes. The soilder who the poppy represents from the First World War.

Mayor Harter and Garstang Youth Council started the bidding in November and another poppy is being displayed in Garstang Market Hall window.

Each poppy represents a soldier who passed away in the First World War, in this case, a man called Joseph Patrick Hughes.

Treasurer of Garstang RBl women’s section, Judith Lee, said: “I can’t believe it, this is amazing news. We can’t thank Lynn and the youth council enough!”