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TV celebrities urge Londoners to dig deep for London Poppy Day

Today Tube passengers will hear the familiar voices of Dame Barbara Windsor and Shane Richie as they take over station announcements for this year's Poppy Appeal.

TfL has teamed up with the TV stars to help raise funds for the Royal British Legion's work of providing lifelong support for the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, reservists, veterans and their families.

Uniformed personnel from the forces will be fundraising at 40 Tube stations throughout the day and military bands will be entertaining commuters at Canary Wharf station.

Circle line passengers travelling from Westminster to Edgware Road should look out for a special on-board collection led by Richard Jones, a serving officer and winner of Britain's Got Talent 2016.

London's transport commissioner Mike Brown MVO said: 'We are encouraged by the generous spirit Londoners show each year by giving what they can, and we're delighted to once again join forces with Dame Barbara Windsor and welcome Shane Richie, as they record Tube announcements, asking Londoners to give what they can.'

London transport has been connected to Remembrance Sunday since 1920 when bus drivers were given the right by King George V.

It was in recognition of the services rendered by the men who drove buses to the front line in France and Belgium from 1914 to 1918.


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