From left, Louise Cox, Adam Martin and son Jacob, Joan Route, Robbie Hipkin, chairman of King’s Lynn and District Branch of the Royal British Legion; West Norfolk Mayor Harry Humphrey, Paul Chase and Bill Kerr. Picture: Ian Burt

Poppy Appeal 55-year bars and 50-year certificates have been presented to mark long-standing support for the Royal British Legion’s fundraising appeal.

The awards went to Joan Route and also to her late husband, Cyril, who was known locally as the “Poppy Man”.

The awards were presented by Poppy Appeal county fundraiser Lyn Hatch during a ceremony hosted by West Norfolk Mayor Harry Humphrey and held at King’s Lynn Town Hall on Wednesday.

Mrs Route received her bar and the couple’s grandchildren Adam Martin and Louise Cox accepted Mr Route’s posthumous award.

Mr and Mrs Route, of North Lynn, used to make poppies and sell them door-to-door years ago.

They continued to support the appeal over the years and Mr Route, who died last year aged 96, was known for collecting at the town centre Sainsbury’s.

Also during the ceremony, a certificate marking 20 years’ of collecting for the appeal was presented to Paul Chase, of Lynn.