Crowds gather for Hatfield Poppy Appeal launch

PUBLISHED: 13:40 24 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:08 24 October 2017

Hatfield's Poppy Appeal launch in the Galleria.

Hatfield's Poppy Appeal launch in the Galleria.

Paul Upson

The Hatfield Poppy Appeal was successfully launched over the weekend with crowds gathering to show their support for the cause.

Hatfield's Poppy Appeal launch in the Galleria.Hatfield's Poppy Appeal launch in the Galleria.

Scottish piper Colin Macdougall and drummer Andrew Reid led a parade of army and air cadets to begin the official launch on Saturday.

Mayor of Hatfield, councillor James Broach gave a short speech thanking Hatfield Town Council for organising this year’s fundraising, and highlighting the importance of the Poppy Appeal both locally and nationally.

Leader of Hatfield Town Council, councillor Lenny Brandon then led attendees in a minute’s silence, before opera singer Jessica Bergman performed White Cliffs of Dover, Danny Boy, and You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Hatfield and WGC Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club, the Royal British Legion Riders, and Welwyn Hatfield mayor councillor Lynne Sparks all attended.

Hatfield's Poppy Appeal launch in the Galleria.Hatfield's Poppy Appeal launch in the Galleria.

Dave Rance and his Rocking Chair Band closed the event with an enthusiastic selection of jazz classics, drawing in crowds of shoppers to support the appeal.

Hatfield Poppy Appeal organiser, Sam Frake said: “Thank you to all those that attended the launch on Saturday and made donations, and to all the volunteers, businesses and retailers who have already signed up to fundraise on behalf of the Poppy Appeal.”

The Hatfield Poppy Appeal will run from Saturday, October 28, until November 11, with collection points across Hatfield.

Those wishing to volunteer or donate can find out more by emailing or calling 01707 280403.

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