Britain’s longest-serving poppy seller is raising money for the Royal British Legion for the 75th consecutive year having sold over 30,000 poppies in nearly eight decades. Devoted Olive Cooke, 91-years-young, vowed to always sell poppies after her husband Leslie was killed in action during the Second World War when she was just 21. She began selling poppies in 1938 but the flowers took on new significance following his death on naval duty just two years after their wedding. ‘Losing my husband when I was just 21, I vowed to always sell poppies': Britain’s longest-serving poppy seller, 91, is back on the streets for her 75th year. And Britain’s oldest poppy seller is back on duty
Great-great-grandfather aged 102 is Britain’s oldest poppy seller. Decorated veteran Albert Joyner, 102, fought for his country for 26 years after joining the Royal Marines in 1930. A war veteran who devoted his life to serving with the Royal Marines will this weekend wear his poppy with pride as the country’s oldest poppy seller. Albert Joyner, 102, has raised tens of thousands of pounds selling poppies on behalf of the British Legion. The pensioner started collecting for the charity in 2000 and has since become something of a local hero in his home town of Keighley, West Yorkshire. Great-great-grandfather Mr Joyner said: “It’s been my way of giving something back”.
This makes me so proud to be British. Very well done to all who are prepared to give up their free time selling poppy’s for the British Legion. And from my heart, a true BZ for Mrs. Olive Cooke, and Mr. Albert Joyner. Bloody well done Royal! Yours Aye.