Families and friends of British armed forces in Afghanistan have been treated to a private concert by pop group The Saturdays at this year's launch of the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.
The armed forces charity invited wives, children, and girlfriends of the 16 Air Assault Brigade to Colchester Garrison, Essex, for its 90th Poppy Appeal.
They demonstrated the Legion's commitment not only to servicemen and women, but also to their families and friends, a spokeswoman said.
The ceremony included a spectacular parachute display by the Legion's extreme flight team, Jump4Heroes, and an hour-long performance by The Saturdays.
Singer Mollie King said the group jumped at the chance to perform. "It's a complete honour to be asked," she said. "We always like to support the armed forces. They are doing such a good job, so for us to be able to help raise awareness, of course we were going to do it."
Emma-Jayne Webster, 28, from Worcs, and daughter Kaitlin, four, were among those who attended.
Ms Webster's fiance, L/Cpl Richard Brandon, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical engineers, became the 212th British serviceman to be killed in Afghanistan since it was invaded in 2001, when the vehicle he was travelling in hit a bomb planted in the road in the south of Gereshk, Helmand province, in September last year.
Ms Webster and Kaitlin are featured on one of the Legion's posters calling for people to donate to this year's Appeal.
Video messages posted by a number of personnel stationed in Afghanistan were shown to guests during the ceremony.
The Legion's 2010 Appeal has a fundraising target of £36 million, up from the record £35 million raised in 2009. People wishing to donate can buy a poppy from now until November 11 at locations including train and Tube stations across the country and shopping centres.