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The West pays tribute ahead of Armistice Day

This poppy man has pride of place in Royal Wootton Bassett Credit: ITV News

Knitted and crocheted poppies have been taking over towns in the West, inspired by the display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London in 2014.

It seems to be the modern way to remember the fallen of conflicts between the first World War and today. Our reporter Robert Murphy has been to see the Wiltshire poppy tributes and was also at a traditional march in Bristol, attended by the last Dambuster, 'Johnny' Johnson



Bristol Poppy Appeal launches with a sing-song

Veterans, volunteers and a pair of 80s pop stars were in Cabot Circus this afternoon to launch this year's Bristol Poppy Appeal.

Hundreds of shoppers stopped to watch The Korgis perform their hit single 'Everybody's got learn Sometime'. For the next six weeks all the song's royalties will go towards the appeal.

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This year's message is about recognising the sacrifices made across all generations.

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Harry Patch train crossing the West Country for Poppy Appeal

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The Royal British Legion's annual search for volunteers to work the Poppy Appeal is launching in spectacular fashion in Devon and Cornwall today.

A train named in remembrance of war hero Harry Patch, the last survivor of the First World War trenches, is making its way from London to Penzance.

The Class 43 locomotive was unveiled in Bristol by Harry's grandson last year Credit: ITV News

The train is being largely manned by staff at Great Western Rail who are also armed forces veterans.

train leaves London
train calling at Exeter
train calling at Plymouth
train arriving in Penzance
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