VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Fanfare launch for poppy appeal in Buxton

Patriotic crowds flocked to see Buxton’s first mini military tattoo event this week, which officially marked the launch of the Poppy Appeal.

The hour of festivities, hosted by former North West Tonight presenter Colin Sykes, kicked-off at 11am on Saturday with Chapel-en-le-Frith Paralympian Anthony Kappes receiving the first poppy. The event started with Burbage Band playing a selection of wartime music, before local quartet Four to the Bar lead a sing-song for the adoring crowds.

Poppy appeal launch, Burbage Band

Poppy appeal launch, Burbage Band

Buxton Squadron Air Training Corps then performed the corps of drums, before Buxton schoolgirl and competition winner Charlotte Howard presented a poppy to a World War I re-enactor.

To close the event, a piper from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Pipe Band performed Flowers of the Forest.

l As well as attending the Buxton launch, Mayor of the High Peak, Cllr Alan Barrow, was also present at the launch of the poppy appeal in New Mills.

This event also took place on Saturday, in New Mills town centre.

Poppy Appeal launch. Eleven year old Charlotte Howard presented a poppy to a First World War soldier

Poppy Appeal launch. Eleven year old Charlotte Howard presented a poppy to a First World War soldier

Poppy appeal volunteers and scouts were joined by Cllr Beth Atkins, from Derbyshire County Council, and Cllr Tony Ashton, from High Peak Borough Council, to distribute the first poppies.

More than 130 boxes of poppies were then distributed to shops and businesses throughout the town.