THE borough’s Poppy Appeal will be launched by the Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull next week.
Coun Norman Davies (pictured) and wife Brenda will be joining members of the Royal British Legion at the newly-restored St Alphege War Memorial.
Local hero Matt Croucher will also be attending Monday’s launch and helping to raising awareness for the appeal in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.
Coun Davies, said: “The tragic loss of members of our armed forces in recent months has brought home to us the dangers faced by them in Afghanistan and other places where they are deployed.
“We praise their courage and greatly value what they are doing on our behalf. The sacrifices made during previous wars have become more meaningful in the light of present conflicts.
“It makes us more aware of the importance of the charities set up to support them during their time in the forces and, equally important, after they have been discharged.”
Poppies will go on sale around the borough from October 31. A number of events will also be taking place to raise funds for soldiers, veterans and their dependants.
* October 31 and November 7 – A display of ex-military vehicles in Mell Square.
* November 12 – Poppy Dance, with the Sharmanaires Big Band, at Solihull Royal British Legion headquarters, Union Road.
* November 15 – Salsa Evening, also at the Union Road headquarters.