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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.

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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

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

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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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