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In Pictures: Poppy Factory

Remembrance sign on building

Production of the poppy moved from central London to Richmond in the 1920s and the factory was rebuilt in 1933

Cutting machines

Machines are used to cut the paper but the poppies are assembled by hand

Wooden block being used to create poppies

Wooden blocks, designed for use with one hand, used when the factory first opened are still favoured by some workers

Large remembrance cross

Crosses laid out in the annual Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey are made at the factory

Gillian and Ian Lindsay

Gillian Lindsay, who can only use her left hand, has used the original wooden block to make poppies for the past 20 years.

Poppy maker's desk

Most of the staff working at the factory are disabled ex-service men and women

Remembrance cross

Due to popular demand the factory this year reverted to making small crosses from wood instead of plastic

Iris Kellett

Iris Kellett, who can make up to 4,000 poppies a day, says a good rhythm is more important than speed


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