Morgan Westley store turns into poppy shop

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 November 2019

David Crowley from Bristol City Council handing over the keys the old Morgan-Westley shop to Portishead Lions Club President Brian Clayton and Legion Poppy Appeal organiser Sam Louwers.        Picture: MARK ATHERTON

David Crowley from Bristol City Council handing over the keys the old Morgan-Westley shop to Portishead Lions Club President Brian Clayton and Legion Poppy Appeal organiser Sam Louwers. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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The former home of a much-loved Portishead business has become a pop-up poppy shop ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

David Crowley from Bristol City Council handing over the keys the old Morgan-Westley shop to Portishead Lions Club President Brian Clayton and Legion Poppy Appeal organiser Sam Louwers.        Picture: MARK ATHERTONDavid Crowley from Bristol City Council handing over the keys the old Morgan-Westley shop to Portishead Lions Club President Brian Clayton and Legion Poppy Appeal organiser Sam Louwers. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The keys to the old Morgan Westley shop have been handed to Portishead Royal British Legion (RBL) by landlord Bristol City Council to boost the town's Poppy Appeal.

The shop, in High Street, has been vacant since February when owner Matt Westley retired, shortly after the death of wife and business partner Rosemary.

The business was held in the highest regard by the people of Portishead, who viewed it as a one-stop shop for hundreds of items.

Poppy appeal organiser Sam Louwers told the Times he was delighted Portishead RBL president Brian Clayton had agreed a deal to see the 'well-renowned' Morgan Westley building in use once again.

David Crowley from Bristol City Council handing over the keys the old Morgan-Westley shop to Portishead Lions Club President Brian Clayton and Legion Poppy Appeal organiser Sam Louwers.        Picture: MARK ATHERTONDavid Crowley from Bristol City Council handing over the keys the old Morgan-Westley shop to Portishead Lions Club President Brian Clayton and Legion Poppy Appeal organiser Sam Louwers. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

He said: "It'll be great to open the doors of the former famous business in the town and welcome the public to pop in and see us whilst we run the Poppy Appeal.

"A range of supporters' items will be available in the pop-up shop, along with the traditional paper poppy."

Portishead RBL has urged more people to take part in this year's appeal, which concludes on November 9 - a day before the town's Remembrance Sunday parade.

Mr Louwers added: "The funds raised from the appeal help so many who have given so much in service of the nation."

The parade begins in the High Street at 10.10am.

To volunteer, email portishead.poppyappeal@gmail.com

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