Appeal to South Yorkshire people to honour Remembrance Sunday

Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Dave Pickering accepts his poppy from Chair of Rotherham Parkgate and Rawmarsh Royal British Legion
Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Dave Pickering accepts his poppy from Chair of Rotherham Parkgate and Rawmarsh Royal British Legion
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SHOPS and public areas will fall silent while buses and trams are set to draw to a halt to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Shopping malls and public transport operators have answered the call to Remember Our Heroes on Sunday, November 11.

The Star is urging people around the county to pause and honour fallen service personnel at 11am.

Pledges to honour the traditional two minutes’ silence come as this year’s Poppy Appeal was launched with events in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham involving each area’s Mayor and the Royal British Legion.

Christine Spencer, the legion’s county chairman for South and West Yorkshire, has set her sights on beating last year’s magnificent total of £1.8m which was raised in the region.

The first person she proudly pinned a poppy upon was Sheffield’s Mayor Coun John Campbell.

Christine, from Abbeydale, who served in the Women’s Royal Army Corps, has been involved with the Royal British Legion since 1959.

Public transport operators said buses and trams would pull up and observe the silence ‘where safe’.

A First spokesman said: “Our staff and vehicles will be observing the two minute silence on Sunday.

“It is important that we all remember those that have given their lives to protect us and many of our staff and customers personally knew someone that will be remembered.”

A Stagecoach spokeswoman said: “Where safe to do so, we will halt services to observe the silence.”

Poppies are also being displayed on Supertrams.

East Midlands Trains will be taking part in the two minute silence on trains and at stations.

The rail firm is also offering uniformed armed forces personnel the chance to travel free on services tomorrow and Thursday to help them travel to the London Poppy Day event where hundreds of service personnel gather to sell poppies around the capital.

Meadowhall shopping centre director Darren Pearce said: “At 11am on Remembrance Sunday a two minute silence will be observed for those shoppers that wish to participate.

“The Poppy Appeal will have a presence in the centre during the week before.”

Crystal Peaks’ retail and marketing manager Laura Matthewson said: “Between November 1 and 10, poppies will be on sale at the Community Desk.

“On Remembrance Sunday itself, we will be holding our traditional event where everything stops at 11am and members of the Royal British Legion hold a march through the centre.”

Jeremy Clifford, Editor of The Star, said: “The response to our call for people and organisations to pay their respects and observe the silence on Remembrance Sunday has been really encouraging.”