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Poppy Appeal launched
THE Royal British Legion's Wiltshire Poppy Appeal was launched at Salisbury Racecourse on Friday.
Major Erica Bridge, senior instructor at the Young Officer's Branch, Royal School of Artillery, rode a retired horse eventer called Poppy Appeal to launch the event, jumping over a fence decorated with poppies.
A number of local dignitaries attended, including the Royal British Legion county president, General Sir Jack Deverell, KCB, OBE.
He announced that the theme of the launch was “they're pinning all their hopes on you” and urged people in the county to stand shoulder to shoulder with the whole armed forces community and recognise the courage of service families.
THE Mayor of Salisbury Councillor John Collier launched the city's own Poppy Appeal on Tuesday.
The event was held in the Old George Mall and there was music from bagpipes and poppy merchandise for sale.
Peter Maffey, a member of the Royal British Legion in Salisbury, said: “It all went very well and it was well supported. The mayor of Salisbury is a former RAF group captain so he appeals not only to people in Salisbury but to ex servicemen as well.”