VIDEO: Giant poppy is hung on St Austell building
A giant poppy, believed to be the biggest in the country, has been hung on the front of the St Austell headquarters of a housing group.
The idea is the brainchild of five apprentices at Ocean Services who designed and built the 9ft poppy, which was installed on the front of Ocean’s office in Stennack House earlier today.
They hope their stunt will draw attention to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, which is held each year to raise money to support service personnel and their families who are in need.
The giant poppy is unmissable to passers-by and is even visible to rail passengers travelling through St Austell on the Penzance to Paddington line.
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Group chief executive David Renwick said: “We wished to support the Royal British Legion and the fantastic work they do with both senior and younger veterans of conflicts.
“Sadly there are an increasing number of younger injured men and women and this project by our apprentices makes the link between young Ocean Services apprentices learning and training in Cornwall and supporting all veterans”.
The iconic symbol has been constructed from medium-density fibreboard (MDF) wood with a plastic fascia and will be backlit so it can be seen as a beacon for the Poppy Appeal day or night.
It took the apprentices a month to build in between their daily duties.
The giant poppy will be officially unveiled and floodlit next week.