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Cascade of poppies to launch appeal in Suffolk

6 Regiment Army Air Corps prepares to launch this year's Poppy Appeal. Credit: Royal British Legion.

A cascade of poppies will fill the skies above Suffolk this morning as the Royal British Legion officially launches its latest appeal in the county.

A hot air balloon will sail above Bury St Edmunds as the charity, which supports the armed forces community, encourages people to "re-think Remembrance" this year.

The Royal British Legion has long been associated with veterans from the first and second world wars but is keen to raise awareness of the support it offers all generations of the armed forces.

“During the Poppy Appeal this year we’re asking people to widen their lens when they reflect on Remembrance. The Legion is here for all generations of the armed forces community, and it’s important to remember there’s a new generation that needs your support.

"Every donation received will make a real difference to the lives of Service men and women, veterans and their loved ones."

– Major James Milnes, the Army's Community Engagement Office for Suffolk.
6 Regiment Army Air Corps prepares to launch this year's Poppy Appeal. Credit: Royal British Legion.

Once up in the air, 6 Regiment Army Air Corps, based at Bury St Edmunds, will scatter poppies over the community below.

Nationally, the Poppy Appeal is hoping to raise £43m this year, with Suffolk hoping it can build on the £728,644 it raised last year.

Events will also take place at Parker's Piece in Cambridge and Queen's Square in Corby tomorrow.