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Leicestershire County Hall is among the buildings being lit up in red to support this years’ Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Mike Kapur, His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Leicestershire is encouraging other organisations to light up their own buildings as a tribute to the cause.

Picture: Leicester City Council

Last year, more than 30 buildings across the city and county joined with the authority to light up their buildings. It is hoped that this year, even more organisations will pledge to illuminate in red each night until Remembrance Sunday on November 14.

Among those taking part last year were churches, war memorials, office buildings, community centres and pubs.

Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur OBE, said: “Once again this year, we are calling on organisations across the city and county to light up their buildings in red as an eye-catching way to honour those who gave their lives in conflict. I hope that by illuminating some of our buildings in this way, it will provide a simple but powerful expression of our community’s support for the Poppy Appeal.”

A service to mark Armistice and to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in conflict is being held at County Hall on Friday, 11 November.

The short service will take place at the Stand Easy memorial, beginning at 10.55am, and will incorporate the laying of wreaths and a two-minute silence at 11am. 

Dignitaries taking part in the service include the Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Mike Kapur OBE, Chairman of Leicestershire County Council Dr Kevin Feltham and Leader Nick Rushton.

They will be joined by representatives of the Royal British Legion, serving members of the armed forces and cadets, as well as 30 pupils from the Hall Primary