From the "South Manchester Reporter"... "BRITISH Legion branches in south Manchester say poppy collectors are not coming forward because theyâre scared of being attacked in the street. Legion veterans say the fear of violence is the main reason branches in the area are woefully short of sellers and collectors. In recent years poppy sellers and their collection tins have been the target of thugs who see them as easy prey". Full Story I presume this is typical of the rest of the country, given the attitude of some people to the older generations. There must be enough Ex-Squaddies, TA & on-leave personnel to give few hours of their time to accompany a collector. I'm not talking bodyguards, just a Mate hanging around. TA units could contact their local British Legion Branch and sort out a stag list! Chaperone the Lady/Gentleman for a wee while then go for a couple pints afterwards! What say you arrsers? Any ideas?