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from the Telegraph 9 November 2001

Giant poppies mark legion's 80th year

By Nicola Woolcock

FALLING giant poppies are being projected on to the Wellington Arch on Hyde Park Corner each evening until Remembrance Sunday. The 18ft poppies cascade down the 176-year-old monument to mark 80 years of the Royal British Legion.

The projection was switched on by John Carbis, 72, a Chelsea Pensioner who served with the Royal Engineers for 22 years. The legion, which supports some 15 million ex-service men and women and their dependants, has set a Poppy Appeal target of 20 million this year.

A further 100,000 is needed towards the building of a visitors' centre at the First World War memorial in Thiepval, north France, after one man gave 1 for each of the 74,000 names inscribed on the monument.

Donations should be sent to: Thiepval Project, Charities Aid Foundation Trust Dept, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4TA.
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