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West Midlands buses first to wear poppies

West Midlands buses are to become the first company in the region to wear a poppy for Remembrance Day, after teaming up with the Royal British Legion.

Armed Forces personnel joined National Express West Midlands Managing Director Peter Coates to celebrate the first poppy earlier today Credit: National Express

Bus operator National Express has put poppies on 750 of its local vehicles and on Birmingham’s own Poppy Day, November 5, will be allowing veterans to sell poppies on-board its services.

It is the first time the bus company has put poppies on so many of its vehicles and allowed veterans to sell poppies on its commuter services.

The Royal British Legion veterans will be able to sell poppies to around one million local bus customers, raising much needed funds as well as the profile of this year’s Remembrance Day, which will be held on Sunday November 10.

Claire Rowcliffe, Midlands Regional Fundraising Manager for The Royal British Legion said: "It is great that National Express West Midlands has chosen to support The Royal British Legion by allowing the sale of poppies on their services and placing poppies on their buses.”

“This will allow our collectors to sell more poppies and make it easier for people to support The Royal British Legion on their way to work."

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Heritage railway starts countdown to 2013 Poppy Appeal

It's a week until this year's Royal British Legion poppy appeal officially starts - but today fundraisers at the Severn Valley Railway in Kidderminster began their countdown to launch day.

Volunteers from the Royal British Legion were joined by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to collect donations for poppies in honour of those who have fought for their country.

The target for the Kidderminster branch this year is £35,000. All money raised will go towards supporting the families of Armed Forces servicemen and women.

National Memorial Arboretum "honoured" to host service

The chief executive of the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, has described hosting today's service as an "honour".

“The Remembrance period is of course a particularly busy time for the Arboretum, but this year, with Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday coinciding, our annual Service of Remembrance had to be on a much larger scale than usual.

“We are honoured to host such an important event and would like to thank everyone who attended, took part in or watched the Service and paid their respects to our fallen Service men and women.”

– Charlie Bagot Jewitt, the Arboretum’s chief executive

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Tributes paid to the fallen at the National Memorial Arboretum

Just after 11am at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire Credit: ITV Central
Members of the Royal Family attended the service Credit: ITV Central
Poignant service held at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: ITV Central
Wreaths were laid during the Remembrance Sunday service Credit: ITV Central
Hundreds of people attended the Remembrance Sunday service at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: ITV Central

Blue sky in Derbyshire as Breaston residents pay their respects

Residents and service personnel at the Remembrance Sunday service in Breaston, Derbyshire Credit: ITV Central
Tributes in Breaston, Derbyshire to fallen service personnel Credit: ITV Central
Breaston residents pay their respects Credit: ITV Central
Hundreds of people attended the service Credit: ITV Central
Former service personnel and residents remember the fall at Breaston's memorial garden Credit: ITV Central
Just after 11.00 in Breaston, Derbyshire Credit: ITV Central
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