Nottingham City Transport has unveiled this year’s official ‘Poppy Bus’ to commemorate Remembrance Day and support the British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.
The Poppy Bus’s first journey took the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Jackie Morris, and other VIPs and dignitaries, from the City Centre up to Rufford Abbey Country Park near Ollerton. Here, the City and County’s Poppy Appeal was formerly launched during a touching ceremony to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during conflict.
Liveried in striking red poppies and featuring the names of all 224 employees who lost their lives during World War One, this is the third consecutive year NCT has introduced the Poppy Bus to its services. The Royal British Legion’s Nottinghamshire Community Fundraiser, Elaine Hopkins, is certain it plays a big role in helping the charity.
Poppy Bus Launch with Lord Mayor and Invited Guests“We can’t thank NCT enough for supporting the appeal in this way,” says Elaine. “As the Poppy Bus operates in and around the city, it’s a constant, moving reminder of all those who served, or are still serving in the Armed Forces and it definitely encourages people to donate to the cause.”
NCT Marketing Manager, Anthony Carver-Smith, adds, “This time of year gives us all the opportunity to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in wartime. Our Poppy bus helps to remind people to buy their poppies and donate to servicemen and women and their families. It’s our way of contributing to an incredibly worthy cause and we are very honoured to give our support.”
The Vice Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Tim Richmond, launched this year’s fundraising by buying the first poppy, before visitors enjoyed music from the Worksop Miners’ Welfare Band and nostalgic vintage vocalist, Lily Lovejoy.