Residents urged to deck windows with poppies

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The chairman of the Sutton Coldfield branch of the Royal British Legion has called on residents to remember those lost in conflict by decorating their windows with poppies.

Remembrance Sunday services across the country have been scaled back or cancelled this year due to lockdown.

But Roy Hubbard, Sutton’s Poppy Appeal organiser, is hoping people will embrace a different way of celebrating this year and still take time to reflect and honour those who sacrificed their lives in war.

He said: “It is desperately sad as we normally have hundreds of people inside Holy Trinity Church on Remembrance Sunday.

“We are hoping people will pay their respects from home. There’s still an opportunity for people to donate and families can download the Royal British Legion poppy poster.

“We would love it if people would do this and display them in their windows during the week.

“That would be really nice to see because I know when people did a similar thing for our fantastic NHS workers it was very special.”

Poppies can be downloaded by visiting https://britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/poppy-appeal…

Andrew Mitchell MP will attend Holy Trinity Parish Church and deliver a reading but only those taking part in the service, which starts at 10.45am, will attend.

Rector John Routh said: “Sadly, we cannot have anyone at the church beyond those participating in the service.

“But although people have to stay at home we will broadcast it to the outside world on our facebook page.”

Simon Ward, Leader of the Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, added: “It’s important that services are made available via social media to the people of whom this is all about so they feel the event is still happening.

“It’s desperately sad we can’t have the day as we normally would because it’s one of those days which shows the community together, whether it be schools or uniformed organisations.

“You sit in that church and it makes you proud to be a Suttonian. It will be different this year but it will still happen and it’s important we reflect and remember in any way we can.”

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