The Poppy Appeal in Sheffield was officially launched for 2013 by Lord Mayor Vickie Priestley when she bought the first poppy from the Royal British Legion.
Coun Priestley bought her poppy at Sheffield Town Hall but a South Yorkshire-wide launch also took place yesterday in Barnsley’s new Pals Square - named after the town’s two First World War Army battalions.
Rotherham’s Mayor, Coun John Foden, is also backing the Poppy Appeal - and urging people to volunteer to sell poppies over the coming days. The appeal raised around £800,000 across South Yorkshire last year.
■ To become a poppy seller, call 0800 095 5924.