Updated: Friday, 17th November 2017 @ 12:59pm

Making Remembrance Day memorable: Lindy Hoppers and Corrie stars support Manchester Poppy Day

Making Remembrance Day memorable: Lindy Hoppers and Corrie stars support Manchester Poppy Day

| By Rosemary Collins

The Lindy Hop burst out at Manchester Piccadilly station, with dancers dressed as commuters boogying in support of the Poppy Appeal. 

The Royal British Legion hosted its third annual Manchester Poppy Day on November 4, holding events to raise money for the armed forces community.

As part of the day, dance teachers Manchester Lindy and Would You Dance? organised a Lindy Hop flash mob in Piccadilly Station during the morning commute.

“It was incredibly fun,” said Lois Stone, 22, a postgraduate student and Would You Dance? dancer.

“The fact that it was in the middle of a busy train station was definitely a change in venue, but made it memorable!”


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The group usually wear vintage outfits, but they dressed like ordinary commuters as they danced to music on a 1930s gramophone by company Vintage 78 DJs.

As Manchester prepares to mark Remembrance Day, Manchester Poppy Day allowed people across the city to buy poppies at Royal British Legion events.

Soldiers from 42 Brigade toured the city on board the Legion’s Poppy Bus to collect donations from office workers.

Shoppers at The Trafford Centre were able to view a Spitfire display plane at The Orient carpark.

Railway companies supported the day by offering free railway travel to volunteers and veterans.

Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully, met with soldiers.


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Antony said: “I wear my poppy in memory of my granddad who fought in World War Two and who I sadly never met.

“I also wear it for my friends who are currently serving in the army.

“It’s important that we support our boys and girls in the forces while also remembering those who gave their lives for us.”

The Royal British Legion provides advice and support for current and former service men and women and their families.

Tina Pringle, Community Fundraiser for the Legion in Greater Manchester, said: “Manchester Poppy Day just gets bigger and better each year.

“The support from the Manchester public has been phenomenal – it’s great to see so many people wearing their poppies with pride knowing the money they donated will make a huge difference to the lives of so many people in our Armed Forces community.”