Saturday 23 September 2017

Susan Boyle launches Poppy Appeal

Susan Boyle wore red to launch Scotland's Poppy Appeal
Susan Boyle wore red to launch Scotland's Poppy Appeal

Susan Boyle has officially launched this year's Scottish Poppy Appeal.

The singing star, dressed for the occasion in a long red coat and matching hat, took to the steps outside Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to declare the appeal open.

She said she is "very proud" to help because her father Patrick served in the Second World War.

The event was kicked off with a performance from 80 members of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Garrison Military Wives Choirs, who sang M People's Proud and Sing which was performed by Gary Barlow, the Commonwealth Band and the Military Wives Choir at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in June.

Susan, from Blackburn in West Lothian, posed for pictures with the choir members who showered her in little red poppies.

The 51-year-old, who shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent when she auditioned with the song I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables in 2009, also signed autographs and had pictures taken with fans.

Around five million poppies and 8,000 wreaths are hand-assembled by 40 veterans with disabilities every year at Lady Haig's Poppy Factory in Edinburgh. They are distributed across Scotland by around 10,000 volunteers.

Poppyscotland, the charity which runs the appeal, uses all money raised to support ex-service members and their families who struggle with physical, psychological or financial problems.

Poppy Week this year is November 5-11.

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