Kirklees cleansing service to display poppies for Armistice Day

We are showing our support for our armed forces this Armistice Day by displaying poppies on the front of our refuse collectors and street sweepers.

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We have put the poppies, purchased from the Royal British Legion, on front of 30 refuse collection vehicles, and some small mechanical sweepers that work in Huddersfield town centre to commemorate the sacrifices made by service men and women.

Karl Battersby, Strategic Director Economy and Infrastructure at Kirklees Council said:

“We were approached by some of our refuse collectors with the suggestion to put poppies on our vehicles. They were really keen to do this as a significant number of ex-service personnel work within the cleansing service, and they know first-hand the work that charities like the British Legion do to support people in the armed forces and their families.

As its now 101 years since the end of the First World War, there are no longer many people around to share their first-hand experience, so it’s even more important that we continue finding ways to commemorate.

Our wagons travel down virtually every street in Kirklees so they are a highly visible reminder of the sacrifices so many people have made to protect us from WW1 to the present day.”

What local support is available for ex-service men and women?

We signed our armed services covenant in July 2017 and we remain committed to making sure ex-service men and women are supported to return to civilian life, information on the local support available can be found on our website. 


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