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."