Banbury Army Cadets and members of the Royal British Legion began their annual poppy appeal in Banbury Town Centre today (Saturday) with a stall at Banbury’s band stand in High Street.
There will be a stand in the town centre each day this week and at the Tesco and Morrison supermarkets.
The campaign will culminate in a remembrance day parade starting at the band stand next Sunday (November 10) at 10am followed by a commemorative service at St Mary’s Church.
Then on Monday November 11 there will be an armistice service in Peoples Park at 11am and at the Alcan memorial at the same time.
Chris Smithson, Chairman of the Banbury Branch of the RBL said the appeal helps raise the £1.7 million that the legion spends supporting servicemen, ex- servicemen and their families each week across the UK.
He said: “The money goes to things like helping provide care homes and welfare homes to ex-servicemen and holidays for servicemen’s children.
“In Banbury we have case workers who make sure the families get all the support they need.”
He added: “It’s also about comradeship and making sure people know whwre eto turn to in their time of need.”
The RBL Banbury meets at the Royal Air Force Association centre on Newland Road on the first Tuesday of each month.
Banbury RBL has around 120 members and there are separate branches for many of the villages.
Anyone is welcome to join.