Giant poppies adorn the town centre in Hounslow as the borough comes together to mark this year’s Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.
Hounslow Council donated a sum of money to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal to have the poppies displayed in the run up to both commemorations across the pedestrianised shopping area between Douglas Road and Bell Road.
It means residents and shoppers can see the poppies, which are attached to lamp posts, as they go about their daily business, giving an extra visual reminder of the sacrifices made by men and women in wars past and present.
Joining Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Councillor Richard Foote in the town centre was Peter Casey, from the Hounslow branch of Royal British Legion [RBL] and Rob Gillespie, Service Director, Hounslow Highways.
Cllr Foote, a member of the RBL Hanworth branch said: “It was something we as a council wanted to do. They are really impressive, you can see them as you walk around and I know they are being warmly received by everyone in our borough.
“It is all part of remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice but also to raise awareness for the support the RBL provides.”
Money from donations for poppies go towards helping the RBL provide assistance and support across a number of services to Armed Forces veterans, serving personnel and their families.
Mark Bishop, Community Fundraiser, South West London RBL said “We would like to thank Hounslow Council and the local community for their continuing generous support of the Poppy Appeal. Having such a strong visual message will help us to raise more funds to allow the Armed Forces community to Live On”.
Rob Gillespie, Service Director, Hounslow Highways said: “There has been a very positive reaction to the poppies and it is part of how we want to further strengthen community engagement and the feeling of inclusion for everyone in the borough.”