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Watch: 'Pop in' to the Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion has opened a new pop-in centre in Birmingham. The shop in New Street, was officially launched by veterans themselves.

It is one of 16 new high street shops being opened across the UK as part of what leaders are calling their biggest transformation in 93 years. Lucy Kapasi reports:

Royal British Legion 'Pop In' centre opening in Birmingham

The Royal British Legion are opening a 'Pop In' centre in Birmingham Credit: Tony Marshall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Royal British Legion is opening one of 16 'Pop In' advice and information centres in Birmingham today.

It follows the biggest transformation of the Legion in its 93 year history, with a complete change in how it delivers its frontline services.

They say the changes mean it will now be easier for the Armed Forces community to access support.

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Girl invites royalty to her British Legion 'Poppy Picnic'

Weather permitting, the Great British Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a picnic, and now perhaps also to raise some money for charity too.

The Royal British Legion are hoping thousands of people will hold their own 'Poppy Picnic', to raise money for war veterans and their families. Inspired by the idea, eight-year-old Poppy Crosby from Derbyshire braved this weekend's weather to hold one of her own - with a very important person on her guest list. Chris Halpin reports.

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Dozens of RBL bikers commemorate start of WWI

Dozens of bikers from the Royal British Legion have passed through Derbyshire today as part of a 100-mile sponsored ride to commemorate the start of the First World War.

The ride kicks off a series of events to commemorate the anniversary of Britain's entry into the First World War Credit: ITV News Central

The group set out from Alfreton at 8am, passing through Matlock, Belper, Ripley, Heanor, and Derby, before stopping for lunch in Ashbourne.

The 50-strong group then headed to Buxton, and from there are due to pass through Castleton, Hope, Grindleford, Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Shirland.

The 100-mile ride took the bikers across Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central

It begins a series of events being staged by the Legion in honour of the centenary of Britain's entry into the Great War, on August 4, 1914.

A commemoration concert will be held by Hathersage branch tomorrow, and on July 13 a Drumhead Service will be held by Glossop branch.

Around 50 bikers took part in the sponsored ride Credit: ITV News Central

Army commander: 'Poppies support veterans and wounded'

Brigadier Gerhard Wheeler, who is the army regional commander for the West Midlands, told ITV News Central what he believes the meaning of the poppy is.

He was in Birmingham today as members of the Royal British Legion were joined by the armed forces to launch this year’s Poppy Appeal.

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