Slideshow: Northamptonshire Poppy Appeal launched in Corby

This year’s county Poppy Appeal has been launched.

The official launch of the appeal, which raises millions of pounds nationally for the Royal British Legion, took place in Willow Place, Corby, and took the form of a light switching-on ceremony and live music.

This year's Poppy Appeal launch in Willow Place, Corby. Picture by Bernard Hales

This year's Poppy Appeal launch in Willow Place, Corby. Picture by Bernard Hales

Kerry Ashworth, the mother of Lance Corporal James Ashworth who was awarded the Victoria Cross after being killed in action in Afghanistan in 2012, was invited attend the ceremony.

She switched on a giant poppy spotlight which will glow until the end of the appeal on November 8.

During the appeal the Corby and District branch of the Royal British Legion will be in the former One Stop Shop in Grosvenor House in George Street, Monday to Saturday, from 9am until 4pm.

Poppy sellers will also be at Asda, Morrisons and Tesco stores in the town.

Last year the branch raised £27,000 for the appeal and anyone who would like to volunteer to help beat that figure is asked to email mevans74@btinternet.com.

Across the county the appeal has raised £446,552.83 so far.

If you would like to help in any way please contact Poppy Appeal co-ordinator Lewis Couper on 07502 199431 or 07902 435199.