This year’s Poppy Appeal has been launched in Downham and organisers are appealing for volunteers to help.
The launch took place on Friday and the appeal’s significance was highlighted by mayor David Sharman, pictured above third from left.
He said: “We are remembering the loss of life and injuries suffered by those affected by war right up the present day.”
Pat Roberts, for Downham Royal British Legion, said shoppers flocked to buy poppies and other merchandise.
She said: “It was a very successful launch and a busy but worthwhile morning.”
Volunteers who are willing to help sell poppies for a couple of hours outside Tesco or Morrisons are asked to phone Peter Mouncer on 01366 384726 or call into the Poppy Shop.
Hilgay Silver Band will play at Downham Town Hall this Sunday at 2pm in aid of the appeal.
This year’s Remembrance Day Parade will start from the Town Hall car park at 2.15pm on Sunday, November 10.
The launch was also attended by dog-handler and Downham Royal British Legion trumpeter William Wells, front centre right, and his collie, Laddie, who is mascot for the branch and the 7th Armoured Brigade Desert Rat Association and will attend the Armistice Day ceremony in the town on November 11.
Mr Wells, of Barton Bendish, said: “Laddie represents all battlefield canines and all animals used during wars.”