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Warship creates human poppy to launch appeal

Sailors from the Royal Navy warship HMS Somerset have made a dramatic sign of their commitment to this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

HMS Somerset sporting a giant poppy made up from its crew Credit: Royal Navy

They dressed up in red to form the iconic symbol on the flight deck of the type 23 frigate.

The Poppy Appeal helps members of the armed forces past and present and the Captain of the Plymouth-based warship, Commander Tim Berry, who's from Somerset, was pleased to lend his support.

At a time when we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude, as we go about the act of living, the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal allow us all to reflect on the sacrifice paid to this country by the members of our Armed Forces, past and present.

I am immensely proud and privileged that Somerset is able to support the Poppy Appeal and encourage you all to take a moment to do the same.

– Cdr Tim Berry, Captain, HMS Somerset
HMS Somerset is wearing a human poppy to encourage us to wear our own Credit: Royal Navy
The poppy was received by the Deputy Lieutenant of Devon and former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope. Credit: ITV News

The Commando Helicopter Force from Yeovilton flew in the poppy to remind us of the appeal's relevance today, as well as being a powerful symbol of remembrance.

It was received by the Deputy Lieutenant of Devon and former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope.

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