Royal British Legion Minders for Young Poppy Sellers

Andrew Hough, Telegraph (London), October 21, 2012

Poppy sellers will receive protection from Royal British Legion “minders” for the first time after a spate of attacks last year in which volunteers were verbally abused and spat on.

The unprecedented security will be provided for young Army cadets in Bradford, West Yorks, after the attacks on teenage collectors.

The security chaperones will accompany the volunteers, aged between 10 and 17, amid concerns many are now too frightened to participate in fund-raising efforts.

From this week they will be shadowed by motor enthusiasts from the Legion’s Riders branch, many of whom are former members of the Armed Forces, following the series of incidents last year.

Those attacks left the local Legion branch horrified and forced Army officials to visit schools to stress the need to honour the fallen and overcome cultural barriers.

In one incident, a 13 year-old Army cadet, Bethany Holmes, was spat at three times by a group of younger Asian boys while collecting for the first time.

Yobs also hurled abuse at two Asian girl cadets and two other sellers were sworn at in the city centre while one young poppy seller also had her tin grabbed from her shoulder.

“It [security] is something we need and it’s ideal because it would keep the cadets safe,” Barbara Allsopp, the Bradford RBL Poppy Appeal organiser, said last night.

The Riders is a branch of the British legion established in 2004, in which members include ex-forces motorcyclist ethusiasts, who offer support to the poppy appeal.

Rod Walker, a spokesman for the Riders West Yorkshire, added: “After what happened last year we thought our job should be to support the branches.

“You have to remember the cadets who are affected by this are very impressionable and in some cases they will turn out to be our future Armed Forces.

“We have to educate the public why we are doing these collections.”

On Friday, Bradford will host the launch of the West Yorkshire-wide Poppy Appeal for the first time in nine years. Last year volunteers raised more than £60,000 from collections.

Dale Smith, the Lord Mayor of Bradford, said it was “very important the younger generation are continually reminded” of the importance of commemorating the fallen.

“It is a sad reflection that this small minority did abuse some of the younger collectors last year,” he said.

“I welcome that the motorcycle section will be keeping a watchful eye—but hope their services will not be needed.”

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  • Outrageous.

    Those attacks left the local Legion branch horrified and forced Army officials to visit schools to stress the need to honour the fallen and overcome cultural barriers.

    I understand honoring fallen heroes but when did poppys become associated with overcoming cultural barriers?

    • Germania Jim

       Screw cultual barriers, Poppies are for remembering those who fell so we could be here enjoying what they died for.

  • nathan wartooth

    Is Asian still code for Arab over there? 

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      I think Asian usually means Whackistani, but maybe Whackistanis and Indians.

  • whiteyyyyy

    You know you’re country is a joke when foreigner’s spit on you.  

    • IstvanIN

       But if you make a joke about a black footballer you get keelhauled.

  • GB101

    Kinda like the situation reported recently (in Australia was it?) where meter maids were replaced by men because the Mohammedans were spitting on the women.  At least the Brits are assigning minders.  Hope they carry baseball bats (or cricket bats).  Spit if you like.  Then watch my swing.  

  • Jed Sant Devi

    “Asians can spit on White children, but Diversity is still our greatest strength,” so will say the Brit PM.

    DIVERSITY IS DEMOCRACY’S GREATEST FAILURE, and the Asians will prove me right!

    • The__Bobster

      Jews Are Spitting On Christians In Israel

      THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Yes, it’s true, but to be fair, both the religious and civil authorities in Israel have condemned this action…

      (NCR) – Recently, the Jerusalem Post carried a piece quoting Rabbi David Rosen, a veteran of Catholic/Jewish dialogue, acknowledging that incidents of ultra-Orthodox Jews spitting at priests, nuns and other Christian clergy is “a part of life” in Jerusalem.

      Such incidents have been occurring for the last twenty years and are now on the rise, according to the story, although they appear to be limited to Jerusalem

  • Persephone Gray

    This may be partly immigrants. It may also be partly native English youth who have woken up and are disgusted at the end result of their grandparents’ decision to fight on the side of Communist Russia in WWII.

    • RisingReich

       Yet to this day, especially in America, the indoctrinated still believe the simplistic babble of  ‘Hitler = evil’ the history books and the hiStory channel pump out.

    • bubo

      I agree with the sentiment.  But this was all alien moslems.  Too bad that the Brits, as well as the USA fought on the side of Communism.   George Patton understood this mistake.  

    • History is written by the victors.

      My wife’s relatives visited us from Germany and they grew up in East Germany. Like many people the world over they didn’t even know that Hitler and Stalin attacked Poland simultaneously.

      Hitler was wrong about many things but he was right about the communists. They were the real enemy.

  • gemjunior

    Hard to believe how far and how hard the English have fallen; seemingly they’ve forgotten who they are.  Not that we Americans can claim to any better.   But never, never, never would anyone attack or SPIT on poppy sellers, take their tins, or anything disrespectful like that.  The sellers used to even pin it on you.  It’s moments like this that really make me say – what is happening in this world?

    • bursinfur

      This is a taste of what the English have to contend with from Westminster politicians.

      If you have read the posted links you will begin to understand how much pressure is on the English.

      It’s safe to blame the English for all manner of evils, unlike muslims and other groups we don’t rampage at the slightest provocation, our tolerance is often used against us. So we’re everyone favourite whipping boy, much like America.

      We are not loud nationalist like our neighbours  the Scots, Welsh and Irish, we are quiet in our patriotism, almost neglectful. We cannot define ourselves simply as others do, so we define ourselves by who we are not.

      We English will take action, it’s inevitable. We always fight back, I don’t know the when, or the how. But something will happen, something that will break English reservations. The backlash will be brutal, it always is when we decide we must fight to protect what is ours.

      So don’t count us out just yet.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

         Canadians have long defined themsleves by what we are not, too.  We`re not Americans.  We`re not brits.  So then, what ARE we, exactly ….

        It`s  a shame we didn`t define ourselves before the Left defined us for us in the 1970s –  and they defiuned us as nothing more than apes, mimicking both Americans and Europeans.

        That was what left our door open for mass immigration coupled with telling such immigrants that they didn`t need to assimilate to something that doesn`t exist (ie, Canadian culture.)

  • bubo

    If I had happened by that particular scene in which the white girl was spit on by alien Moslems I would have lost my mind with rage.   

  • RisingReich

     Only the Soviets would fire upon their own soldiers as they retreated.
    Scumbag Joe also slaughtered millions of Ukrainian Nationalists, not to mention all the POWs and party enemies he ultimately exterminated in Gulags.

    Yet for the retarded he is a ‘hero’.

    Nationalism is the only response to Communism.  Nationalism is rising again.  

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    Oh, my gods.  I want to use an emoticon here, but I will not.  But imagine my eyes widening and jaw dropping.

    I was a Canadian army cadet in my youth (2861 RCEME – that`s Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, though we never had any good courses on that sort of stuff, which I wish we had).  I was PROUD to sell poppies for the Legion.  I also volunteered on Wednesdays to sell bingo tickets (and on Saturdays for my own corps.)  Our sponsering legion treated us well, and when I won the trip to England (based on instructor`s level test scores) they even gave me a bit of money to spend there, and that hall houses a trophy of mine I`ve never seen.)  Our legion sponsored all kinds of nice things for us, and I cannot detail what I would do for a WWII vet (I have met WWI vets, but unfortunately, they have all passed by now.)

    People assaulting or dissing cadets selling poppies .. why I never … they better not do it around me!  This story makes me very upset.