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Yorkshire Poppy Appeal starts at Huddersfield service

The wreath laying service in Huddersfield
Image caption The appeal raises funds for the "Afghan generation" of the armed forces

The parents of a soldier killed in Afghanistan and a paratrooper injured in a landmine blast have gathered to launch the Poppy Appeal in Yorkshire.

Russ and Karen Shaw received a poppy for their son Graham, from Huddersfield, who died the day after celebrating his 27th birthday.

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, from Doncaster, who lost both his legs, also attended the service in Huddersfield.

The appeal raises funds for the "Afghan generation" of the armed forces.

L/Cpl Shaw, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, died when an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol on 1 February.

Lance Bombardier Parkinson also suffered a brain injury in the blast in Afghanistan in 2006.

Wreaths were laid at the cenotaph in Market Square and a service was then held at the Methodist Mission Hall where Mr and Mrs Shaw and Lance Bombardier Parkinson were presented with poppies.

John Sayles, from the Royal British Legion, said: "Ninety five per cent of the legion are ex-servicemen themselves.

"We don't want war, we want peace but we've got to support our lads who are helping to defend our own democracy."

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