The national launch of the 2009 Poppy Appeal will be held at Horse Guards Parade, London on Thursday 22 October at 12 noon.
Dame Vera Lynn, Hayley Westenra, Guards band, Queen's Life Guards in state ceremonial regalia and Poppy Appeal poster case studies will all be present.
The theme of this year's Appeal is helping the Afghanistan generation of the Armed Forces and their families – today and for the rest of their lives.
Dame Vera Lynn, the original Second World War Forces sweetheart who is once again at the top of the British charts, will be joined by Armed Forces songbird Hayley Westenra in launching the Poppy Appeal with support of the British Armed Forces.
They will be accompanied by an Elizabeth Cross widow whose husband fell in Afghanistan and a Royal Marine who lost his legs in Afghanistan. The 2009 Poppy Appeal theme and fundraising target will be announced by Russell Thompson OBE, Director of National Events and Fundraising for The Royal British Legion.
I'm also planning to come down on 22nd so I'll see you both there.
Do we know what's happening at Trafalgar Square on 11th November (apart from the obvious that is! ) I haven't seen any details posted or am I missing something. Will definately come down if Hayley is involved!
Dame Vera Lynn, the original Second World War Forces sweetheart who is once again at the top of the British charts...
Dame Vera has now been in the top 20 of the UK album chart for 7 weeks and this week she went back up 5 places to no. 5. This is quite unusual charts behaviour, somewhat reminiscent of Hayley's "Pure" in 2003 but so far, even better
If it continues to sell well until Christmas, as "Pure" did starting in the same month (September), it will indirectly give a boost to both the Poppy appeal and to Hayley... and of course, vice-versa.
I've put the launch in my diary too, so I hope to see you there.
I've found some information about this year's Silence in the Square HERE:
Silence in the Square - 11 November 2009
In 2009, The Royal British Legion will again host a "Silence in the Square" event in Trafalgar Square, London on 11 November.
The event should commence around 10.00am with a programme of entertainment leading up to 11.00am and the public is invited to attend. Details of the day's programme will be released closer to the event.
Following the Two Minute Silence at 11.00am, guests will be invited to scatter poppy petals in the fountains in a symbolic act of Remembrance.
It has been announced that Indie group Athlete will perform their new single Black Swan Song at the event.
I'll look out for any further information and I'll start a new thread if Hayley will be participating again.
Hi everyone,have a nice day on the 22nd looking at the photo Richard posted (just above Gordon post ) there are some rather heavy looking rainclouds lurking about. What is the long range weather forecast for that day in London? I hope it's not what is in Richards photo. Have a great day everyone and pass on my regards to Hayley if you get the chance,