THE Atherton branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) launched its Poppy Appeal at Atherton Park on Sunday.

Volunteers and councillors gathered at the park's memory garden to show their support for the appeal which supports the armed forces community.

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In the memory garden at Atherton Park

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Atherton councillor James Paul Watson is vice chairman of the town's RBL branch.

He said: "The RBL's decision to use Atherton Park as a location to launch this year's Poppy Appeal was twofold.

nitially it was to thank the park group for their hard work in making the RBL display, and secondly it was in defiance against the recent vandalism of the First World War silhouette soldier."

Remembrance Sunday falls on Sunday, November, 10.