Portsmouth Poppy Appeal launched

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THIS year’s Portsmouth poppy appeal has been launched in style.

A ceremony was held in Gunwharf Quays to mark the fact poppies can now be bought in remembrance of those who have died in wars.

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143040_POPPY_25/10/14''Portsmouth Military Wives Choir. ''Portsmouth Poppy Appeal launch at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth..''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143040-917) PPP-141025-155944001

Members of Portsmouth Military Wives Choir and The Royal British Legion Victory Brass Band performed.

And the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Steven Wylie, was presented with the first poppy of the campaign by Cadet Sgt Marnie Kirby.

Louise Purcell, Portsmouth’s poppy appeal organiser, said: ‘This appeal is so important especially when this year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

‘We need to keep the memories of those who have served in wars alive.

‘Wearing that poppy and holding a two-minute silence is not a lot to ask.’

Poppies will be available across the city in the run up to Remembrance Sunday on November 9.

Last year, £76,000 was raised and the money is used to help support families who have lost loved ones in the services.