British Army band delight Londoners at launch of Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal


The British Army band are playing at London Liverpool Street Station today for the launch of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2021.

Military personnel, veterans and Poppy Appeal collectors were back out in force across the capital for this year’s London Poppy Day on Thursday 4th November. 

Personnel from all three services of the British Armed Forces, the Royal Navy, the British Army, and the Royal Air Force were joined by RBL volunteers to hand out poppies and collect donations at transport hubs across London.

Ross Kemp poses for a photograph with personnel from the Royal Navy for the launch of the 2021 Poppy Appeal at Waterloo Station. Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

The Poppy Appeal collectors were aiming to raise as much as possible in a single day for the Royal British Legion’s Centenary Poppy Appeal.

Now in its 15th year, London Poppy Day is the biggest cash street collection of its kind in Europe.

Last year the event had to be scaled back due to Covid-19 restrictions.

In 2021 the RBL is celebrating nearly 2,000 collectors coming back out to raise vital funds to support members of the Armed Forces community. The Royal British Legion (RBL) is the UKs largest charity dedicated to supporting the needs of the Armed Forces community, past and present and their families.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Leo Docherty meets serving personnel and veterans selling poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion at Waterloo Station in London. Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021. MOD News Licence.

If you can’t get a poppy from your local high street, supermarket or shopping centre, you can always buy your poppy online at


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