Poppy Appeal officially launched across Derbyshire

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The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal has been launched in Derbyshire.

Dignitaries, service veterans and family members of men who died in the First World War attended the launch night, which was held on Friday and Melbourne Assembly Rooms, in the town’s High Street.

It was chosen as the venue so people could commemorate the 85 men who fell in the Great War who were from Melbourne.

Poppies on display at the Silk Mill Museum

Poppies on display at the Silk Mill Museum

Among those there were Philip Shawski, Derbyshire County chairman for the Royal British Legion, Kevin Illiffe, chairman for Melbourne branch of the RBL and Vivienne Toon, a volunteer who has knitted 7,000 poppies to commemorate the fallen.

Other special guests included Linda Chilton, chairman of Derbyshire County Council and First World War veterans Gordon Foddy and Frank Green, who was involved in the Normandy D-Day landings.

At the event family members of those who died in the First World War were able to attach knitted poppies to a cargo net which will then be hung up in the Assembly Rooms for the remainder of the Poppy Appeal.

Ceramic artist Paul Cummins at the installation of the weeping Window at the Silk Mill Museum in Derby

Ceramic artist Paul Cummins at the installation of the weeping Window at the Silk Mill Museum in Derby

These 85 poppies will then join an installation of 7,000 poppies next November – to represent the amount of men that fell from Derby city centre.