THIS year's Poppy Appeal is officially underway in Wrexham.

Now in its 100th year, the appeal was launched at the Guildhall yesterday morning (October 31).

Kevin Forbes, Poppy Appeal organiser for Wrexham town centre, said: "The change of the clocks probably saved the launch of the Poppy Appeal in Wrexham.

"The downpours in the early morning gave way to a dry spell between 9am and 10am.

"Councillor Ronnie Price represented the town and along with George Rogerson, RBL Chairman North Wales District, took part in the parade and the short march to the war memorial."

The parade, marshalled by Steve Evans RBL Parade Marshall, was lead by three standards, closely followed by Wrexham Platoon, ACF escorting the Mayor and District Chair.

"The Riders Branch, RBLR and numerous veterans of all ages formed the rear of the parade.

"Rev Heather Shotton lead the short service at the war memorial which included wreaths laid by the mayor, district chair and a representative of the Riders Branch. At the end of the service the parade marched back towards the Guildhall.

"There was of course lots of interest in the motorbikes, particularly from members of the public. At 10am the motorbikes assembled ready for departure on their circular tour of North Wales.

"As always they intend to lay a wreath at numerous memorials across North Wales."

  • In Wrexham, there will be tables staffed by volunteers in the larger supermarkets. In addition, the Legion facility in Chester Street will be open on November 5 and 6 and then 12 and 13 between 10am and 3pm. Poppy goods and generic wreaths will be available and street collections will operate from here. Volunteers are still welcome to help with street collections particularly on Friday, November 12.