Friday 28 October 2016

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Denise Fox, bought the first poppy from the steps of the Town Hall today, Friday, 28 October.

The Lord Mayor traditionally buys the first poppy to be sold in Sheffield every year, beginning the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal which recognises the memory of the fallen and the future of the living.

Poppies are now available to buy outside the Town Hall, on Fargate, and in other places across the city.

Councillor Fox said: “This is an important year in our city’s history as we commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme where so many young men lost their lives.

“We are proud of their legacy and of our city’s strong support for the Royal British Legion and its Poppy Appeal and I’m honoured to be first to wear the poppy in Sheffield this year.”

Today, money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to the Royal British Legion’s welfare work, which supports those serving in the British Armed Forces, those who have previously served, and their families.

Poppies will be on sale at locations throughout Sheffield until Friday, 11 November.

Sheffield will mark the National Day of Remembrance with a special service on Sunday, 13 November at the city’s war memorial in Barkers Pool.

The service caps a year where the people of Sheffield have remembered tragic events of the First World War, which claimed the lives of 4,898 members of Sheffield City Battalion, and the 100th anniversary of the Battle Of The Somme and all who have paid the supreme sacrifice.

There has also been a moving ceremony for Sheffield-born Major William Allen, who received the Victoria Cross for acts of gallantry and heroism during the First World War.

At the remembrance service Councillor Fox will lead a procession from the City Hall at 10.50am.

The ceremony will begin with the Exhortation read by Captain R E J Crothers of the 212 (Yorkshire) Field Hospital.