Richmond unveils UK's first poppy crossing to commemorate veterans

By The Editor

27th Oct 2020 | Local News

The pelican crossing outside The Poppy Factory in Richmond has had a 'poppy' uplift just in time for Remembrance Day.

It was installed by Richmond Council's contractors Conway, at the crossing on Petersham Road, as part of a programme of activity to mark this year's Armistice Day.

This unique design will mark the way to The Poppy Factory which, since moving to Richmond in 1925, has employed veterans with health challenges to create poppies, wreaths and other Remembrance products for the Royal British Legion and the Royal Family.

A major redevelopment of the factory is nearly complete, including a new visitor experience that will open to the community in 2021.

It will tell the story of The Poppy Factory in Richmond and how it has developed into a national charity that support veterans with health challenges across England and Wales on their journey into all kinds of employment.

Richmond's armed forces champion Cllr Michael Butlin said: "We owe so much to so many.

"So, as always, it's fitting and right that the borough will be paying their respects, but in a different way to normal.

"I am proud that this crossing will be a physical tribute, not just to those who gave their lives, but to those in the Poppy Factory who work tirelessly throughout the year to raise money to help veterans and their families. Lest we forget."

The Poppy Factory chief executive Deirdre Mills said: "We are honoured that Richmond Council has chosen to create this crossing in time for the Remembrance period.

"It will also help direct the community towards our fantastic new visitor experience, which we plan to launch in the middle of next year.

"We look forward to welcoming the Richmond community through our doors."

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