Derby engineering firm unveils poppy design in honour of Remembrance Day

Luke Parker and Brigadier Edward Wilkinson

Derby’s Acres Engineering has launched a campaign to support the Royal British Legion by crafting a unique 3-petal poppy in honour of Remembrance Day.

The family-owned business serves clients in the transportation and aerospace industries and through this initiative hopes to sell these poppies, with all profits going to the Royal British Legion.

Originally, the idea was thought of during an open day for National Manufacturing Week, where they invited local students to make their own poppies.

Managing director of Acres Engineering, Luke Parker said: “We plan to manufacture at least 2,000 poppies, but we hope to actually make many more if the demand is there from our clients, suppliers, friends of the firm and other like-minded supporters, which we believe it is.

“Growing up in the local area I attended Ashby School and I was stunned when I learned that 144 ex-students are remembered each year from my old school alone. As such, we are ring-fencing 144 of the initial run and donating them to Ashby School for their Remembrance garden.”