Large poppies hung in trees in shopping area of Aldershot to mark the start of RBL fundraising
Trees in Aldershot town centre have been decorated for this year’s Remembrance Day as the Farnborough Royal British Legion branch's Poppy Appeal was also launched last week.
Nearly 300 poppies are decorating trees along Union Street, Aldershot, and they will stay for three weeks until after Armistice Day on November 11, which marks the anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Rushmoor Borough Council and the Aldershot Royal British Legion organised the poppy display.
David Phillips, town centre and cultural manager at the council, said: “This is the first year that we have marked Remembrance Day in this way. Not only is it a unique way of celebrating the occasion, but also a fitting tribute in the home of the British army.”
He hopes that the initiative will benefit the Poppy Appeal which supports members of the armed forces and their families. The appeal also remembers those who have given their lives in service.
A number of services will take place throughout Rushmoor on Remembrance Sunday, including wreath-laying at Devereux House and Knellwood in Farnborough and at the Cenotaph in the Municipal Gardens in Aldershot.
There will also be a wreath-laying ceremony and a march-past at both the North Camp Methodist Church, Farnborough and the Royal Garrison Church of All Saints, Aldershot.
Collections will be held up until November 11 outside Tesco and Morrisons in Aldershot, as well as inside the Wellington Centre, where a memorial garden has also been created.
The Mayor of Rushmoor Councillor Terry Bridgeman launched Farnborough's fundraising appeal in Princes Mead shopping centre, Farnborough, last Saturday.
Members of the Royal British Legion set up a collection point in the shopping centre, with a cake sale and colouring competition, and will be collecting donations for the appeal over the next two weeks.
Jacki Gatfield, Poppy Appeal organiser for the Farnborough branch of the RBL, said: “The first weekend of the fundraising appeal went really well, it was brilliant.
“I am really thankful for all the help from people during the launch and to the mayor for coming along and supporting us.”
Members of local churches donated cakes for the launch, which helped raise more than £70.
Mrs Gatfield said: “I am so grateful to all the members of the public who have donated money to the Poppy Appeal.
“It is entirely thanks to them that we are able to raise money to help support the members of the armed forces.”
Collection points will be situated in a number of shops in Farnborough and Aldershot and children taking part in the colouring competition will be able to pick up an entry form from Princes Mead centre. They have until November 9 to return their entries.