Poppy Appeal train to steam into Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 09:53 24 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:53 24 October 2013

The Poppy Appeal will be launched in earnest today (Thursday)

The Poppy Appeal will be launched in earnest today (Thursday)


Hertfordshire’s annual Poppy Appeal launches today (Thursday) in Welwyn Garden City.

The charity drive will open at WGC railway station, with a Royal Engineer, who was shot in Afghanistan, set to be the first to board a new Poppy Express train.

The train – the first of its kind in the country – was organised by First Capital Connect, and be covered with bright red poppy vinyls, highlighting the work of the Royal British Legion.

It will arrive at 11.50am.

Cpl Matthew Kemp, 27, a Royal Engineer who was shot in the ankle in 2010, is set to climb aboard ahead of dignitaries.

The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire will also be there.

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