PEOPLE in Leeds are being urged to show their gratitude to the country’s servicemen and women by wearing a poppy with pride.
The Royal British Legion (RBL) has kicked off its annual Poppy Appeal, which this year aims to raise more than £35m during the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, November 10.
And residents in Leeds will find it easier than ever to do their bit, with a dedicated ‘poppy store’ now open for business at the city centre’s Kirkgate Market.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Tom Murray, did the honours on Saturday at the official opening of the store, which is near the market’s Corn Exchange entrance.
And Coun Murray is hopeful the city will respond to the fundraising challenge in 2013 in the same impressive fashion as it has in the past.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Last year the Poppy Appeal raised £350,000 in Leeds alone, which is a staggering amount. It just goes to show how generous the people of the city are in their support for our servicemen and women.”
Sheila Scott, the RBL’s Leeds group co-ordinator, said: “Saturday was extremely busy and we are hoping it will stay that way.”
Sheila also said the RBL was “very grateful” to market bosses for making the space for the store available.
The focus of this year’s Poppy Appeal is the work the RBL does to support Armed Forces families, including the loved ones of veterans as well as personnel still on active service.
* The Leeds poppy store will be open Monday to Saturday until November 9.
SHOW OF SUPPORT
LEEDS will pay tribute to its fallen heroes when a parade sets out from the Civic Hall at about 10.45am on Remembrance Sunday bound for the war memorial in Victoria Gardens.
A Music of Remembrance concert will take place at Leeds Town Hall at 1.05pm the following day, Monday, November 11.
Admission is free and organisers say the programme will be “largely reflective and ceremonial”.
This year’s national Poppy Appeal launch took place last Thursday with a pop concert for the families of servicemen and women in a huge aircraft hangar at RAF Northolt in London. The show featured stars such as The Saturdays and Union J.
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