Today marked the start of this year’s annual Poppy Appeal in Abingdon and at 10 am poppy bikers delivered a giant poppy to the Market Place.
It was raining and a piper was playing at 11 am as people emerged from the rugby semi final match which England won.
There was a group of poppy stalls on the Market Place. Clare who organises the Abingdon poppy collection on behalf of the Royal British Legion (RBL) had personally put 16,000 paper poppies and 600 crosses in boxes this year. Scouts were running a cake stall with cakes decorated with poppies and biscuits with scout fleur-de-lis. There was also a stall with craft poppies.
Sea Cadets had a treasure hunt, and trays of poppies to be sold.
The army cadets were selling poppies from trays round town.
The Sue Ryder shop has a display of poppies in the window.
It is two weeks until Remembrance Sunday on 10 November 2019. Poppies will be on sale until then. The funds raised helps the work of the Royal British Legion in supporting service men and women who are still alive and whose lives have been changed by war.