06 Nov 2017

Defence Secretary gives support to London Poppy Day

The new Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson joined Servicemen and women in the capital to support The Royal British Legion’s (TRBL) annual London Poppy Day.

Around 980 personnel from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force were on hand to greet commuters at underground and mainline railway stations across London as part of efforts to raise more than £1 million for TRBL in 24 hours.

Mr Williamson used the opportunity to meet Serving personnel, commuters and TRBL volunteers at Waterloo station.

The Defence Secretary said: “I am delighted to give my support to the Poppy Appeal on my first day as Defence Secretary. Remembrance is an important time not only for veterans and Service personnel, but for the nation as a whole to reflect on all they do for us around the globe. Their work is as relevant today as it has ever been.” 

Military bands played at a number of stations while uniformed collectors took donations. Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin showed her support at Westminster tube station in the morning while the Defence Secretary and Defence Ministers Earl Howe, Mark Lancaster and Tobias Ellwood helped the fundraising efforts at Waterloo Station across the day.

Scotland’s capital city was also awash with poppies for Edinburgh Poppy Day, with military volunteers collecting on the streets, transport hubs and shopping centres.

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