THE MANAGER of a village pub has pulled out all the stops to remember the fallen this autumn. Danni Molloy, who has run the Blacksmiths Arms in Kingsley for the past 18 months, has painted bright red poppies all over the Shawe Park Road establishment as a way to raise awareness about the forthcoming remembrance commemorations and also to raise money for this year's Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal as well as Help for Heroes. Danni told the Times & Echo: “I decided to do this as The Blacksmiths Arms is a very community orientated pub.
“I thought what better way to commemorate and have the pub as a talking point/visiting point.
“I know many people who have served, and my great grandfather served also.”
Danni has received much appreciated help to be able to implement her remembrance idea.
She said: “I would like to thank everyone who helped, especially for the donation of the paint and ladders; Rob Hines for being the ladder anchor and making sure I didn’t fall off; Mark Foggerty for just letting me have these crazy ideas, and every single person who is supporting me, and the Blacksmiths Arms.
“As the Blacksmiths Arms is a brewery ran Marston’s pub, I will leave the poppies up until I absolutely have to take them down.”
Danni added that she has been “overwhelmed” by the amount of support and positive feedback she has had about her Blacksmith’s poppies so far.
She said: “I’m completely overwhelmed by all the support and thanks everyone has given.
“I would just like to say thank you to everyone who supports this cause. We will remember them. They will not be forgotten. Lest we forget.
“If anyone would like to donate, we have two charity boxes behind the bar – Poppy Appeal and Help for Heroes.
“Donations will be kindly received, and please give our Charity Auction on November 10 some support.”
The fund-raising auction, which will be on the same day as this year’s Remembrance Sunday, already has a multitude of lots ready to go ‘under the hammer’.
Danni said: “We are still taking donations of prizes up until the end of this week, so if anyone, or any businesses in the Cheadle and surrounding areas wish to donate, please get in touch.
“Some of the donation prizes we have already received are from Hattibows, JSprays, GMH Autos, Thornbury Hall, Bargain Booze, and plenty more.
“We as a community pub would love your support with donation prizes and anyone who wishes to join us on the day.”
Anyone wishing to support the Blacksmiths Arms in their fundraising can contact Danni on email firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Blacksmiths Arms Facebook page.
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