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From Flanders Field to Bury St Edmunds - poppy petals released to launch appeal

Major James Milnes releases poppy petals from a hot air balloon above Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

They may usually be associated with Flanders Fields but today poppies graced the ground of Bury St Edmunds as the Royal British Legion launched its annual campaign.

The charity is hoping to raise £43m nationally this year's Poppy Appeal in the lead up to Remembrance Day.

The Royal British Legion took took to the skies of Suffolk this morning to remind people to get involved.

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Royal British Legion's welfare concern

There is concern over care for members of the Royal British Legion. Since 2006 around 30% of branches in Norfolk alone have closed. Last night the Wymondham and District branch only survived by a solitary vote.

The Royal British Legion prides itself on the welfare support it offers, with full time staff on hand to help with financial and health advice.

But the Norfolk County Chairman says local area branches are key to letting people know about the support that's available to them, and he's concerned that some members might not realise the opportunities available.

If you need the support from the Royal British Legion you can call them on 08457 725 725