Poppy Girls are recreating the 
lost art of mix tapes for troops

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier leaves Portsmouth Naval Base for the first time on October 30. 

Picture: Malcolm Wells

HMS Queen Elizabeth due into Portsmouth next week

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THE Poppy Girls will launch a Christmas campaign for troops serving abroad by releasing an album in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Inspired by the ‘lost art’ of creating mix tapes for loved ones, the band are fronting a campaign to encourage families and friends to send compilation CDs to those deployed abroad over the Christmas period.

They have produced their own cover album, No Need To Say Goodbye, containing new versions of tracks such as I’ll Be There by The Jackson 5, Your Song by Elton John, I’ll Stand By You by The Pretenders, Pipes Of Peace by Sir Paul McCartney and Ho Hey by The Lumineers.

To launch the campaign, The Poppy Girls have pledged to send every British military unit deployed overseas a free copy of their new album, which is to be released by Decca Records on November 25.

Poppy Girls member Alice Milburn, 13, from Southsea, said: ‘The armed forces have been so supportive since we formed, we wanted to find a way to repay 
them.

‘None of us are rich, but one thing we do have is our voices and the album, so we were really pleased when Decca agreed to support our Christmas campaign.’