POPPY collectors came together over the weekend to launch Workington's Poppy Appeal in the town centre over the weekend.

Poppy collectors were joined by former veterans, councillors and the town's mayor Denise Rollo to launched The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for 2022 at the Hub, in Workington Town Centre on Saturday, October 29.

Lesley Jackson, member of the Workington Branch of the Royal British Legion and poppy collector said: "We just wanted the people of Workington to know that we were starting our poppy appeal.

"We are up and running again and any money that we raise stays in our county even though it is added to the national total, it helps lots of people for different reasons- it could be someone who needs medical assistance, someone who might be lonely or someone who has fallen onto difficult times.

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"We are basically just asking whatever anyone can afford to please put some money in the bucket."

This year's Poppy Appeal will also see the introduction of a card machine, meaning anyone who may not have change on them whilst out shopping can pay via, card.

The poppy appeal collectors will now be out in the town centre, local shops and school collecting donations as part of the appeal.

The team has lots of merchandise on offer as part of the appeal- with larger poppy's also available for people to display outside of their homes.

Rememberance Day in Workington will be commemorated this year on Sunday, November 13 with the parade starting 2pm from Pow Street in the town.

The march will go through the town and past Workington Town Hall on Oxford street before the parade is dismissed at the Workington Royal British Legion.

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