BOURNEMOUTH'S Armistice 100 town centre poppy appeal made more than £25,000 - smashing the 2017 amount raised by more than £3,000.

Appeal organisers now want to thank everyone who helped or donated to the appeal, the council workers and all the businesses who allowed collectors outside their premises or who hosted a collecting tin.

Overall the appeal raised£ 25,405.28 compared to last year's £ 22,116.

In a statement, organisers thanked Hotters shoe shop for storing the stock of poppies every evening, St. Peter's church for letting the team park in the church yard car park, Miss Annie and her team and Zumba Gold for their entertainment and Debbie and Dean Snooks for bringing and organising the music for the entertainment.