Wear your poppies with pride

The launch of this year's Poppy Appeal. Back, from left, Sue Brittain, Bill Jackson, Norman Bell,  Billy Jess, Mick Evans and Kimberly Broon. Front , from left, Eric Drayton, Jack Morris, Gordon Smith and Gareth Price
The launch of this year's Poppy Appeal. Back, from left, Sue Brittain, Bill Jackson, Norman Bell, Billy Jess, Mick Evans and Kimberly Broon. Front , from left, Eric Drayton, Jack Morris, Gordon Smith and Gareth Price

The annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal was launched this week and a call has been made for people to wear the symbol with pride.

Tomorrow a free concert is being held at All Hallows Church, Wellingborough, starting at 7pm, to launch its appeal.

The mayor of Wellingborough, Ken Harrington, will attend the concert, which will include a performance by the 60s Club Band.

Cllr Harrington said: “This year’s appeal focuses support again on the Afghan and Iraq generation of the Armed Forces family. The Legion will be there for them and their families today and for the rest of their lives.”

The Legion’s Poppy Appeal shop in Corporation Street, Corby, will be officially opened on Saturday by Pte Bryan Johnson, 24, from the town, who was awarded the Military Cross for saving a comrade in Afghanistan.

Legion chairman at Corby Mick Evans said: “As a town we raised £34,000 last year and I hope we’ll do as well this time. I hope people will wear their poppy with pride.”

In Kettering volunteers will be selling poppies in all the supermarkets in the town and at the Newlands centre, from Saturday, November 3.