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Video: Millions of poppies start life at Royal British Legion Village in Aylesford

The warehouse in Aylesford that handles more than 20 million poppies
The warehouse in Aylesford that handles more than 20 million poppies

The warehouse in Aylesford that handles more than 20 million poppies

by Mary Graham

At 11am on Sunday, the county – and country – will come to a halt to remember those killed in war.

Most of those attending Remembrance services will be sporting a red poppy in aid of the Royal British Legion.

But few will realise where they have come from.

Quietly, and without much fuss, more than 20 million poppies have been created this year by a loyal band of charity staff in Aylesford.

The only clue to the large-scale poppy and wreath production at the Royal British Legion Village, off Hall Road, is a warehouse with a large poppy stuck outside, nestled among the houses and flats that accommodate ex-servicemen and their families.

Traditionally, production of the paper-and-plastic tributes had taken place at the Legion's factory in Richmond, south west London.

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