GROWING APPEAL Carl Lewis in the Memorial Gardens in Tonbridge

THIS year’s Poppy Appeal has reached record levels, raising more than £35,000 in the town for the Royal British Legion.

The head of the appeal, Carl Lewis, said: “It shows the community spirit we have in this town. It has been brilliant to have all the support of the people of Tonbridge.

“We extended the areas we covered, taking in north -Tonbridge, we went into pubs more, and the retailers have done even better than last year.”

Carl was supported by his wife Jenny and his deputy Pam Mills. This year Jenny also took on the collections in Southborough – and will assume that role full-time in 2018.

Mr Lewis added: “Collection day was a bit of a wash-out in terms of the weather but the people and the town councillors came out to support us.

“I also want to thank all those who went door to door and helped out with the street collections.”

A pub quiz at the Old Fire Station last month and the Busking Beyond the Grounds musical event on River Walk proved to be highly successful fundraising events.

Preparations are already under way for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice next year.

It is hoped a World War I tank will take part in the celebrations alongside re-enactment teams, horses and pigeons.