Tributes paid to volunteer

Mervyn Lisher, the former branch chairman of the Whitley Bay, North Shields & District Branch of the Royal British Legion, who sadly died.

Mervyn Lisher, the former branch chairman of the Whitley Bay, North Shields & District Branch of the Royal British Legion, who sadly died.

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Tributes have been paid to a leading volunteer who played a key role in honouring war veterans.

Mervyn Lisher, branch chairman and poppy appeal organiser at the Whitley Bay, North Shields and District branch of the Royal British Legion, died in early October.

Mervyn had been a member of the branch for more than 25 years, taking on role of chairman in 2008. He also co-ordinated the annual Poppy Appeal from 2001, distributing the collection boxes.

Roslyn Hastie-Murray, acting branch chairman, said: “Mervyn will be a huge loss to our branch. We have lost a true friend and our thoughts are with his wife Vivienne and his family.”

Clive McKeag, branch president, said: “Mervyn had already done a huge amount of work for this year’s Poppy Appeal so we will be doing our best to pick up where he left off.”

“Mervyn had started to prepare a number of Poppy Wreaths, some of which are specific to various organisations.

“We would ask anyone who usually comes to our Branch for wreaths or poppies to either leave a message on the Branch voicemail on (0191) 251 3557 or email rbl.wbnsdistrict@googlemail.com with their requirements and contact information so we can get the items they want to them as normal.”

Thanks to this huge effort and the work of the other volunteers, the Whitley Bay, North Shields & District Branch managed to raise over £75,500 last year, a total which has risen consistently over the past few years.