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Brave Front from poppy-seller Sean Atkinson
8:37am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
VISITORS to a York supermarket can buy their poppies from a First World War era soldier.
Sean Atkinson, who lives in Gillygate, has been fundraising for the British Legion for several years, and decided to add a special aspect to his poppy selling events this year, in Tesco at Clifton Moor.
Last month, he was a member of the cast of the York play Blood + Chocolate, which told the story of the chocolate industry in the city during the Great War, and he has been allowed to hang on to his costume to help raise money for the forces in the run up to Remembrance Day.
Sean, who has several family members who served in the RAF, said: “Blood + Chocolate was a fantastic, wonderful play and well produced, and a great response, so I thought it might help when the Poppy Appeal started.
“It’s the one I was allocated, but I will have to give it back soon. I will ask to keep it for a few more days. There’s been a fantastic response from people who wanted photos as well as poppies. It’s proving to be quite a hit and the donations have been generous as always.”
Duty manager Martin Hunt said Sean’s efforts had gone down well with staff and visitors to the supermarket, and sales looked to be high.
He said: “It’s been great, he is really good with the customers so the action has been really good and he looks the part as well. He looks very professional and seems really grateful for the money he’s getting for the appeal and the customers are loving it.”
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