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VIDEO: Giant poppy arrives in Truro after journey around Cornwall

By AliceWright  |  Posted: November 03, 2012

  • Service personnel and members of the public pay their respects at the Truro war memorial

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A six foot poppy arrived in Truro this afternoon after being pulled around Cornwall to raise awareness of the Royal British Legion. 
Despite driving rain, members of the public turned out to see the giant plastic poppy arrive in Lemon Quay before the team processed to the war memorial to pay their respects. 
They then returned to Lemon Quay where Cornwall's own military wives' choir, The Culdroses, performed some of their songs. 
Service men and women have pulled the poppy 500 metres for every colleague lost in Afghanistan, taking it on a route about 180 miles long through the Duchy.
Starting in Penzance, the poppy has passed through Camborne, St Mawgan, Bodmin, Launceston and St Austell. Each day's route started and ended at memorials to those who died in the First World War. 

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The event was led by Sqn Ldr Sean Pascoe from RAF St Mawgan, who said he came up with the idea as "an act of remembrance".
He originally proposed pulling the poppy all the way himself, but said teams from RAF St Mawgan and RNAS Culdrose were so keen to be involved with the event that he ended up pulling it for only one day of the six day journey. 
And he added that the teams had received an "amazing response" from members of the public they met along the way. 
"We decided that we weren't going to collect, we decided we were just going to do it as an act of remembrance," Sqn Leader Pascoe said. 
"We didn't anticipate that everywhere we went people were just thrusting cash at us."

By the end of the journey, he said the poppy pull had raised £1,200 for the British Legion. However, he added that the real point of the journey had been to "show people in Cornwall the poppy" and to remind them of what it stood for. 
Click here for more photos from the event in Truro. 

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