The official launch of the 2022 Poppy Appeal in Southport has taken place.
The event was led by Mayor of Southport Cllr Clare Carragher at The Monument on Lord Street in Southport town centre on Saturday morning.
Cllr Carragher is also the President of the Royal British Legion in Southport.
She was joined by local veterans, volunteers from Southport Royal British Legion, members of 281 (Southport) RAF Air Cadets Squadron at RAF Woodvale and ACF Army Cadets.
People are now able to buy their poppies and give donations to the Poppy Appeal through volunteers manning a stand at The Monument over the next few days.
People can also call into the Southport Veterans Hub on Wesley Street in Southport town centre, while poppies are also on sale at shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and other local businesses throughout Southport.
This year’s Remembrance Sunday Parade will take place in Southport town centre this weekend.
Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Clare Carragher, said: “On Saturday on a very cold wet morning we launched the Poppy Appeal with the Royal British Legion in Southport.
“Our volunteers will be out and about for the next few days.
“Please support the Poppy Appeal and wear your poppy with pride.”
Southport Royal British Legion Chairman Major Nick McEntee said: “You can pick up your poppy from various locations across Southport and from our stand by the Memorial, our Southport Veterans Hub on Wesley Street and at our pop-up shop in Southport Market.
“Behind the scenes our volunteers have been working non-stop to get poppies to your schools, shops and cafes… and we’ve still more to deliver!
“We would like to say a huge thank you to our local RAF cadets and the ACF for supporting the launch, and of course to our team of veterans who have been working so hard behind the scenes to make the Poppy Appeal happen this year!
“We were delighted to welcome The Mayor Of Sefton, also our branch President, to the town on Saturday morning too.
“Lest We Forget.”