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Islanders rush to buy poppy pins
Jersey Poppy Appeal's fire service lapel pin: Pic Dominic Egre
The lapel pin was prompted by a firefighter who wanted to look smart
Badges specially designed for Jersey's 2007 poppy appeal have almost sold out.

The limited edition lapel pin-badges were designed by Jerseyman Dominic Egre, from St Peter.

Three thousand badges were made for this year, with 100 each for the island's fire, ambulance and prison services and the Royal Jersey Militia.

Mr Egre said nine 100 framed sets sold out in less than two days, with the final set selling for a "substantial" undisclosed sum at a silent auction.

The poppy pins have an engraved number on the back of the badge and on the illustrated backing card. Badges numbered one to 100 are the most collectable.

'Amazing demand'

Mr Egre said the idea was prompted last year by his sister Faith, who is a serving firefighter with the island's brigade.

"She wanted something that would look a bit smarter when the brigade was on parade," he told BBC News.

"I made 1,000 badges for the public and another 100 just for the fire service and the demand was just amazing."

The island's fire, ambulance, prison services and Jersey Royal Militia Territorial Army (TA) unit raised about 4,000 for Jersey's poppy appeal with the lapel pins.

The Militia have sent some of their poppies to members of their TA unit based overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr Egre is already planning historical designs for next year's appeal and has been granted permission from the Tate Gallery to use the famous "The Death of Major Peirson", which celebrates the British defence of Jersey against a French invasion in 1781.



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