The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal has been launched in St Albans and Harpenden.

On Friday, October 25 members from St Albans Branch of the Legion began their collections outside the city’s station and Morrisons supermarket in Hatfield Road.

They will be collecting up until Sunday, November 10 when a Remembrance Day Parade takes place at 10.15am outside BHS in St Peter’s Street.

On Monday, November 11 there will be a minute's silence at the memorial in St Peter’s Street from 11am.

A formal ceremony at the war memorial in Church Green marked the launch of the Harpenden Poppy Appeal and Opening of the Field of Remembrance on Saturday, October 26.

An act of Remembrance will also take place at the historic Lychgate outside St Leonard's Church, in Sandridge at 10.45am on Sunday, November 10.

The service will be followed by a short Service of Remembrance inside the church.

The Rev Em Coley, Vicar of Sandridge said: "We will gather to remember and honour the lives of those given in war, to pray for those still caught up in conflict, and to pray for peace.

"We encourage all local people to join us for these important services."