Retired Preston plumber pays respects with copper poppy

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Retired plumber John Ruffley has created his own way of paying respect this Remembrance Day.

Mr Ruffley, of Primrose Grove, Deepdale, used his talents to piece together his own Flanders Poppy out of copper to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.

INSPIRED: John Ruffley with his remembrance poppy

INSPIRED: John Ruffley with his remembrance poppy

He said: “I have ordered one of the poppies that are on display at the Tower of London and when I saw them I thought I’d give it a go and make one myself. I’m quite handy so it only took me two hours to make it.”

The poppy is made from a 50-year-old copper cylinder and fastened to a copper tube using brass bolts.

Mr Ruffley said it should last another 100 years.

He said: “I want to auction it off so that money can be raised for the Poppy Appeal.

“Hopefully we can raise quite a bit of money for a good cause.”

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Closing date will be November 18.