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750,000 poppies to be dropped over White Cliffs of Dover on Remembrance Sunday

Three-quarters-of-a-million poppies will be dropped over the White Cliffs of Dover in a tribute to fallen soldiers.

An original Second World War Dakota will carry the bio-degradable flowers into the sky and let them fall across the Kent countryside on Remembrance Sunday.

The poppies will be dropped from an original Second World War Dakota
The poppies will be dropped from an original Second World War Dakota

As the nation falls silent at 11am on Sunday, November 10, the Dakota will be joined by two Spitfires to mark 74 years since the end of the Second World War.

Five veterans, including three former RAF servicemen, will signal the drop from onboard the Dakota as the formation reaches the skies above the Battle of Britain War Memorial in Capel-le-Ferne next to the White Cliffs.

The aircraft will fly past at an altitude of just 500ft and a team of volunteers will ensure the poppies are cleared up after the ceremony.

The planes will fly above the White Cliffs of Dover
The planes will fly above the White Cliffs of Dover

The Dakota being used is described as being a veteran of the war itself, with 40 bullet holes from previous battles.

Kent-based Aero Legends has organised the special event, with all proceeds going to the annual Poppy Appeal.

The company's managing director, Ben Perkins, said: “Commemorations like this are incredibly important to remember those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom.

"We very much look forward to this special event.”

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