Free trains for members of the armed forces to mark Poppy Day

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Members of the armed forces will be able to travel by train for free from Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby stations later this week following an announcement by East Midlands Trains.

The train operator, which serves the Northamptonshire stations, is helping to support the Royal British Legion’s 2012 Poppy Appeal.

It says it wants to help staff and customers honour and remember service personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

East Midlands Trains has agreed that uniformed armed forces personnel can travel free of charge on its services on Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1.

In a statement, the company said it hoped to “assist serving and former servicemen and women travelling to London from across the UK to take part in London Poppy Day on Thursday”.

In addition, employees at East Midlands Trains who have previously served in the Armed Forces have been invited to wear their own military decorations while at work on Wednesday and Thursday.

East Midlands Trains Managing Director David Horne said: “We’re pleased to be able to help armed forces personnel mark this important occasion by providing free travel.
“Money raised through the Poppy Appeal is used to help thousands of ex-servicemen and women who have fought for our country over many years. It’s only right that we remember those who were lost in action and pay tribute to the sacrifices that were made, and continue to be made, by our servicemen and women around the world.”