The Poppy Train rolled into Eastbourne this afternoon (12 November).
Running eight minutes late, it pulled in at 2pm, greeted the town’s MP, Caroline Ansell.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the train had been specially wrapped and took a tour through East Sussex. It is the third year Southeastern has teamed up with UK Rail Tours to run a special high speed service.
Southeastern's Andy Harding said, “The Royal British Legion is a fantastic organisation. We wanted to create the Poppy train to raise awareness and money to help them support the Armed Forces community and their families. In 2015 we managed to raise more than £20,500 but this year we’re hoping to donate even more – all in aid of the Legion’s Poppy Appeal.”
Since the first Poppy train, named after the Victoria Cross was launched in 2014 to mark the 100-year anniversary of World War One, Southeastern’s special Poppy services alongside other charitable efforts have raised nearly £46,000 for the Royal British Legion.