The Huntingdon Poppy Appeal marked the launch of its annual fundraising drive with a celebration event on Friday.

The Royal British Legion launched its annual Poppy Appeal at Tesco in HuntingdonThe Royal British Legion launched its annual Poppy Appeal at Tesco in Huntingdon

A ‘poppy petal drop’ took place at the Tesco Extra store, in Huntingdon, with guests including the mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Daryl Brown, and RAF veteran Vic Bashford.

In 2015, the Huntingdon Poppy Appeal raised a record £30,000.

For nearly 20 years supermarkets have allowed poppy collections in their stores and all Tesco stores across the country give access for the two weeks of the appeal to local collectors.

The Royal British Legion launched its annual Poppy Appeal at Tesco in HuntingdonThe Royal British Legion launched its annual Poppy Appeal at Tesco in Huntingdon

When the Tesco store at Huntingdon was approached to supply the venue there was no hesitation and part of the store car park was cordoned off on Friday to allow the launch to be set up.

Local company Warren Access supplied the lift platform at no cost, which was used to scatter poppy petals over the assembled volunteers.

Also attending on the day was station commander at Royal Air Force Wyton, Wing

Commander Phil Owen, members of the Royal Anglian Regiment, and RBL branch members.

The Royal British Legion launched its annual Poppy Appeal at Tesco in HuntingdonThe Royal British Legion launched its annual Poppy Appeal at Tesco in Huntingdon

There was also a military vehicle display, and local brownies and rainbows attended.