IT is an important part of Remembrance every year and raises vital funding for the Royal British Legion.

But this year's Poppy Appeal will look a bit different than usual in Northwich as the coronavirus pandemic rolls on.

Terry Gamble, Poppy Appeal organiser, told the Guardian: "The Poppy Appeal this year has been curtailed to a certain extent due to the coronavirus.

"Normally the Poppy Appeal in Northwich receives about £35,000 in donations but this year the total amount is expected to be a lot lower."

Collectors will be in Asda, Aldi and Tesco from Saturday, October 24.

With less people carrying change this year due to Covid-19 concerns, there will also be contactless payment machines available in the supermarkets, and donations can be made using either cash or card.

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The Poppy Shop, in Weaver Square, will also be open on Saturdays October 24, October 31 and November 7.

Poppies will also be available at some shops, banks and cafes, but these will be very limited due to the coronavirus restrictions.

"We have tried to include the venues with the highest footfall," Terry added.

The restrictions also mean there will be no service at the Northwich war memorial this year, but residents can lay a wreath in their own time.

Wreaths are available from the Poppy Shop or by calling Terry on 07707 606031.

The Northwich Branch of the Legion is still looking for people to help with collections at Aldi and Asda, and anyone interested can call Terry on the above number.