GALLERY: Poppy Appeal launch - part 1

This year marks the 100th anniversary since the start of the First World War and the birth of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance and hope,

So it was an extra poignant Poppy Appeal launch on Saturday – with hundreds visiting Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, in East Kirkby.

Launch of Lincolnshire Poppy Appeal at East Kirkby Aviation Heritage Centre, in front of Just Jane Lancaster.

Launch of Lincolnshire Poppy Appeal at East Kirkby Aviation Heritage Centre, in front of Just Jane Lancaster.

Wing Cmdr Simon Erskine Crum, Royal British Legion (RBL) county president said: “As we mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, it’s as important as ever to wear a poppy and remember the sacrifices and commitment made by our armed forces both then and now.

“The message behind this year’s Poppy Appeal is ‘Live On’ – to the memory of the fallen and future of the living, which captures perfectly why it’s so important to donate to the appeal and wear a poppy.

“Every donation received will make a real difference to the lives of servicemen and women, veterans and their loved ones.”

See today’s Boston Standard newspaper for a special pull-out feature on the event.