Servicemen and women have joined forces with politicians and celebrities in a bid to raise the largest amount ever for the Poppy Appeal.
In an operation that the Royal British Legion has called ‘the largest one-day collection of its kind’, a record 2,000 volunteers - including Armed Forces personnel from all three services - have been in place at 56 underground and railway stations across London.
Tri-service personnel have been in place at 56 underground and railway stations across London (Pictures: Matthew Alexander/Royal British Legion).
Lance Corporal Richard Jones, best known as the magician who won Britain's Got Talent in 2016, was on hand at Westminster Underground Station to help the poppy sellers. He said:
"It’s been fantastic to see so many Londoners show their support for London Poppy Day.
“It’s not every day you see serving personnel out on the streets of London, so it’s been a real honour to take part and give people the chance to say thank you to our Armed Forces."
LCpl Jones also performed tricks for a carriage of commuters as collectors sold poppies amid the early morning rush hour.
Passengers waiting on platforms across the London transport network were also accompanied by the voice of actress Lesley Joseph, who recorded a special announcement.
This year’s Poppy Appeal also marks the centenary of the end of the First World War and the Royal British Legion are hoping to raise £50 million.