Tributes for Tony Hall of Portadown British Legion

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

One of the driving forces of the Poppy Appeal in Portadown has died.

Tony Hall, a long-standing senior figure in the Royal British Legion in the town, was buried yesterday afternoon on Remembrance Sunday.

Councillor Doug Beattie, a former president of the Portadown branch of the legion, led the tributes to Mr Hall.

He said, “Tony Hall epitomised what the Royal British Legion stood for. Dedicated to caring for the armed forces community in the greater Portadown area, he coordinated the poppy appeal for many years with enthusiasm and the utmost diligence.

“It was down to his personal efforts that year on year the contribution from the Portadown branch of the Royal British Legion towards the annual poppy appeal grew. He was immediately distinguishable not just by his magnificent moustache but by his sheer presence. A man who gave so much for others yet asked for nothing in return. He will be missed by his family, friends and colleagues in the Royal British Legion.”