Fans of Wycombe and Carlisle paid their respects during a poignant half-time ceremony to launch the Royal British Legion's poppy appeal at Adams Park on Saturday.101-year-old club president Monty Seymour - who is also president of the High Wycombe branch of the Legion - was joined by Cllr Mohammad Hanif (mayor of High Wycombe), Wing Commander Paul Zachery, Bob Higgins (county chairman of the Royal British Legion), Steve Kingsford (community fundraiser for Buckinghamshire), Roy Hawes (vice president of the High Wycombe branch of the Legion) and standard bearers Monica Hickman and Clive Twitchen.
Following a series of speeches and a rendition of The Last Post by a Legion bugler, Monty delivered a moving excerpt from the poem "For The Fallen", observed impeccably by all in the stadium:
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
It is the fifth year running that Wanderers have hosted the launch of the appeal, but the first time that the ceremony has taken place at half-time.
Cadets from a local squadron distributed poppies in return for donations to the appeal which totaled £765.60, while dignitaries from the Legion were invited into the boardroom and presented the man-of-the-match award to Paul Hayes.
Kevin Taylor of the Wycombe branch said: "Can you please pass on a heartfelt thanks to the chairman, the directors, the staff and the players for what has been a fabulous reception at Adams Park this weekend.
"Having done this with you since 2011, I believe the pitch ceremony was undoubtedly the best we have done so far. The positive reception of the supporters was respectful and astounding as befitted the occasion.
"The hospitality of the club is second to none and the staff, as always, can't do enough to help. It makes me proud and grateful to be able to say we have such a close affinity with such a professional and community minded team."
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