London Poppy Day 2016
The capital came out in full force for our biggest fundraising event of the year
The Royal British Legion was joined by some famous faces and around 2,000 collectors, hitting the streets of London in a bid to raise over £1 million for the 2016 Poppy Appeal, making it the largest one-day street collection of its kind in the UK.
Sir Michael Fallon, Lance Corporal Richard Jones and soprano Laura Wright launch the 2016 Poppy Day with the help of some uniformed volunteers
We were supported by an army of collectors including uniformed personnel from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their supporters at tube and railway stations across the capital.
The day kicked off in the early hours at Covent Garden, where the Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Michael Fallon, launched the big day with the help of soprano Laura Wright. In street-entertainer style, magician Lance Corporal Richard Jones (winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2016) entertained the crowds.
At Waterloo, the Band of Grenadier Guards provided the soundtrack for the morning rush hour while the dramatic action of Royal Marines’ unarmed combat display team was a welcome change of scene for commuters.
The Royal Marines show commuters how to beat rush hour rage
At Canary Wharf, the military action continued when the Royal Marines took over the city skyline by abseiling down 40 Bank Street.
City workers and tourists alike explored the Remembrance Trail which features seven sculptures to highlight the work of the Legion and other military charities.
London Poppy Day photo gallery
If you didn’t have the chance to get involved, there are still plenty of events throughout London and the nation during the Poppy Appeal.
The Remembrance Trail at Canary Wharf is open to the public until 13 November.