MORE than 30 military serving personnel, veterans and their families, including an ex-soldier from Coppull took part in the inaugural Poppy Parade last week.

The group took the first official poppy of this year’s Poppy Appeal from The Royal British Legion’s headquarters to Prime Minister at Downing Street.

Alan Hughes, 63, from Coppull was part of the group.

Alan served in the Royal Corps of Transport from 1969-79.

He was injured when a bomb hit his vehicle whilst serving in Northern Ireland.

Alan suffered facial injuries and in 1993 he lost his sight.

In 2013, he contacted the Legion and a Poppy Calls handyman fitted a gate for his garden and installed shelves and a new desk in his study.

Mark Stonelake, 31 from Torpoint, Cornwall presented the first poppy to the Prime Minister outside No. 10 and collected his donation.

The procession – accompanied by military vehicles throughout the ages – paraded across Lambeth Bridge, past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, up Whitehall to the Cenotaph and into Downing Street.

The group carrying the poppy was made up of people who have benefitted from the work of The Royal British Legion, which delivers care and support to serving personnel, veterans and their families.