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Get your tickets - and poppies - for city's Festival of Remembrance

Anyone who hasn't got their tickets yet for Wolverhampton's fantastic Festival of Remembrance can pick them up - along with their commemorative poppies - at the Mander Centre this week.

Festival organisers, as well as members of the Royal British Legion, will be in the Mander Centre this Friday and Saturday (23 and 24 October, 2015) selling tickets to the annual afternoon of music and remembrance, as well as traditional poppies and other Poppy Appeal items.

The Festival of Remembrance brings the spirit of the Albert Hall to Wolverhampton. It features a ceremonial parade of standards, a service of peace and reconciliation, the Last Post, spectacular poppy drop and rousing music from the past 100 years.

Councillor Linda Leach, Chair of the Wolverhampton Festival of Remembrance Committee, said: "This is always a very moving and important event in the city's calendar. We must never forget the men and women of Wolverhampton who served and who made the ultimate sacrifice during past and more recent conflicts.

"We want to see people from across the generations take part and we hope families will bring their children and encourage them to learn about the past, meet veterans from the Second World War and other conflicts, and remember those who fell."

The Festival of Remembrance takes place at the Wulfrun Hall, North Street, Wolverhampton, on Sunday 1 November, 2015. Doors open at 1pm and the event begins at 2pm.

Tickets are £5 each and can also be purchased by calling 0870 320 7000 or in person from the Civic Hall Box Office in the foyer of the Civic Hall, North Street. Tickets may also be available on the day, though people are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment. All proceeds go to the Mayor of Wolverhampton's chosen charities.

The money raised from the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal goes towards its work with current serving personnel, veterans and their families, including innovative dementia care, theatre recovery projects, world leading research on blast injury studies, and Legion owned seaside break centres.

June Armstrong, a long term Poppy Appeal collector at the Mander Centre, said: "The Legion's role remains as contemporary and as vital as it has ever been supporting today's generation of Service personnel, veterans, and their families whether living with an injury or illness, coping with bereavement or finding employment.

"The Legion's work is entirely dependent on the public's generous support - so please wear your poppy with pride, knowing that you are helping the Armed Forces community to live on."

  • released: Tuesday 20 October, 2015