British Legion were delighted with the successful launch
Shrewsbury Town and the Shropshire branch of the Royal British Legion were delighted with the successful launch of the Legion's Poppy campaign at last weekend's home game against Colchester United.
Town were proud to once again be asked to bring the campaign into the spotlight and help raise awareness of the issue of remembrance of those who have given their lives in the support and protection of this country since the First World War.
The Greenhous Meadow welcomed the Bugles, Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment who entertained the crowd by playing at half time.
They have been stationed at Tern Hill Barracks, Market Drayton, since 2007 and are being deployed to Afghanistan in March for their fifth tour of the conflict.
Bucket collections were also held around the ground with supporters keen to show their appreciation of those who have gone before and those who serve today.
“The Royal British Legion poppy appeal launch was once again a great success," said Martin James, Shrewsbury Town's community development manager. "The fans were tremendous in showing their support for this invaluable cause.
“The soldiers who made up the Bugles, Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment were delighted with the response they received from the crowd.
"As they are preparing for their next tour of duty in Afghanistan, it is particularly relevant that they should represent the armed services at the launch.”
“The regimental mascot, 22-month-old Irish Wolfhound, Finn, was the star of the show - so big yet so placid and he was a real show stopper!”