Today (1 November) is London Poppy Day. Celebrated on the first day of November each year, London Poppy Day aims to raise money for The Royal British Legion in the run up to Remembrance Day.
It is the largest one-day street collection in the UK. This year, famous faces are getting involved, and the charity is hoping to raise £1 million in poppy sales.
#London – are you ready? Today is London Poppy Day! Come out and meet your Poppy Appeal collectors who are raising vital funds to support our Armed Forces community across the city, and stay tuned for updates! #PoppyAppeal pic.twitter.com/GM0e7EYbLa
— Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion) November 1, 2018
2,000 ex-service members and volunteers will take to the streets today in a bid to raise the money.
Famous faces are also taking over on public transport today, with celebrities such as Shane Ritchie talking on the Transport for London tannoy on this mornings commute.
Today we mark @PoppyLegion’s London Poppy Day. Keep an eye out on your commute for members of the @RoyalNavy, @BritishArmy and @RoyalAirForce who are across our @TFL network today collecting donations for the #PoppyAppeal. https://t.co/IeDqTGR2xL pic.twitter.com/HHmmqhULZi
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) November 1, 2018
If you’re in or around London today, make sure to head to one of the main train stations to watch performances from military bands, and for more celebrity announcements throughout the day.’
London Poppy Day kicks off the celebrations of Remembrance Day, which falls on Sunday 11 November this year. With the centenary of the armistice being celebrated this year, The Royal British Legion are hosting a number of events to commemorate the date.
Fields of Remembrance are being erected across the country, and the annual Cenotaph March Past will take place on 11 November, for members of the armed forces and veterans to take part in.
Once again, London’s taxis are providing free journeys from 8am-10am, for all those attending the Remembrance Day ceremony.
In #London? Keep your eyes peeled for exciting #PoppyAppeal activity thanks to @TFL. Spotted a station sign or a poppy bus? Share your selfies. Tomorrow is London Poppy Day so you might also be lucky enough to see our wonderful poppy sellers or military bands across the city. pic.twitter.com/9IDlnbTSdC
— Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion) October 31, 2018
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