The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Tony Downing, will buy the first poppy from the steps of the Town Hall on Friday, 25 October, at 11.00 am.

As the first citizen of the City 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 will then be available to buy outside the Town Hall, on Fargate, and in other places across the city.

Councillor Downing said: “This has been important year as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day where so many men and women lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy.

“We are proud of their legacy and of our city’s strong support for the Royal British Legion and its Poppy Appeal.”

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.

To get this year’s poppy selling off to a good start, the Lord Mayor will be selling poppies for an hour on the steps of the Town Hall on Monday 28th October between 10.00 am and 11.00 a.m. On the same day a number of cadets will also be selling poppies around the City.  Poppies will be on sale throughout Sheffield until Sunday 11 November.

Sheffield will mark the National Day of Remembrance with a special service on Sunday, 10th November at the city’s war memorial in Barkers Pool.

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