Mayors join forces to support Poppy Appeal

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Vickie Priestley (front, right) is handed a poppy by Sheffield Central British Legion member Barbara Gowing-Scopes on the Town Hall steps. Looking on are, from left, British Legion South and West Yorkshire County Secretary Christine Spencer, Ken Fetch, Eric Fowler, Tony Curtains and Maurice Collin, all Sheffield Central British Legion members.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Vickie Priestley (front, right) is handed a poppy by Sheffield Central British Legion member Barbara Gowing-Scopes on the Town Hall steps. Looking on are, from left, British Legion South and West Yorkshire County Secretary Christine Spencer, Ken Fetch, Eric Fowler, Tony Curtains and Maurice Collin, all Sheffield Central British Legion members.

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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.

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