A SOUTH DERBYSHIRE couple have received recognition from the Royal British Legion after their continued fund-raising efforts for the Poppy Appeal.
Glyn and Jayne Newbould, who run the Foresters pub in High Street, Swadlincote are due to leave the trade after overseeing it on a day-to-day basis for the past six-and-a-half years. They have recently been presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Swadlincote and District Branch for their fund-raising efforts throughout their tenure.
The couple feel a special connection between the pub and both the Poppy Appeal and remembrance services to those who have lost their life serving in the armed forces. The jacket of a local Royal Marine currently sits in a glass case within the pub.
Jason Hylton was killed in November 2006 on the Shatt al-Arab waterway in Afghanistan when a remote-controlled explosive was detonated as his boat passed underneath a bridge.
Jayne told the Mail: “Both Glyn and I were friends with Jason’s family and his sister-in-law works with us at the pub.
“After the remembrance service each year, people always come back here to pay their respects to both Jason and other fallen servicemen. The Poppy Appeal is something we’ve always had an affinity with and will continue to support.”
However she added that that their efforts were largely down to the generosity and support of their customers. They were presented with the certificate by branch president Stuart Allen and Poppy Appeal co-ordinator Mick Golder.
When Jayne and Glyn leave the pub, Jason’s jacket will be returned his family, who plan to put it in the care home built in his honour so it can remain on permanent display to visitors.