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Council proud to support poppy appeal

This year's festival of remembrance and the poppy appeal has a special significance as the nation prepares to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, and its waste collection company Alliance Environmental Services (AES), are showing their support by once again making a donation to the appeal and dressing vehicles with giant poppies.

Councillor Arthur Forrester, cabinet member for the environment, said: "We've been proud to show our support for the annual poppy appeal in this way for the last 11 years.

"The appeal this year, as the nation commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War, has a special significance as communities across the Moorlands come together to remember the sacrifices made by service men and women past and present both during and since that war.

"These vehicles provide services to every household across the Moorlands and I hope that seeing the vehicles dressed with their poppies will encourage people to take a moment to reflect and to support the appeal in their own way."

The Council has made grants available to town and parish councils in the Moorlands to enable them to organise commemorative events this year. You can see what's planned here.