They have the looks to stop the traffic — and tomorrow they will have the cause. Girl band The Saturdays will bring Trafalgar Square to a standstill at 11am on November 11 to commemorate the nation’s war dead.
For the first time, all traffic lights around the square will be switched to red at 10.58am, and members of the Armed Forces will hold up signs asking drivers to observe the two-minute silence.
Shortly before the silence, The Saturdays, who have sold two million records and clocked up eight Top 10 hits, will perform their song Here Standing. The event will culminate in the public being invited to scatter poppies in the Square’s fountains.
The band was chosen by the Royal British Legion to be the face of this year’s Poppy Appeal, which is focused on providing lifetime care for the “Afghan generation” of servicemen and women and their families. Britain has lost 343 troops in Afghanistan since entering the war there in 2001. Thousands more have suffered life-changing injuries.
Rochelle Wiseman, Vanessa White, Una Healy, Mollie King and Frankie Sandford, who make up The Saturdays, have already performed a private concert for the soldiers and families of 16 Air Assault Brigade at Colchester Garrison. The brigade, which includes Parachute Regiment battalions, deployed to Afghanistan last month.
The band launched this year’s appeal last month at Colchester, where Help for Heroes charity is building one of four personnel recovery centres with £25 million from the Legion.
Sandford said: “We are so proud to have played such a big role in this year’s appeal. We have the greatest respect for our Armed Forces and feel deeply they should be supported and remembered.”
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