Two handmade figurines which have been created with chicken wire and surplus Remembrance Day poppies are currently on display in Hazlemere.

The village’s Co-Op are proudly displaying the two incredible pieces of art that were created by 88-year-old, Tony Collier.

The pensioner has been selling the Armistice Day flower on a voluntary basis since 1992, and he decided to craft the statues to help sell more poppies in order to help the charity.

Bucks Free Press: The statues stand proudly at the entrance of the supermarketThe statues stand proudly at the entrance of the supermarket (Image: NQ)

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The main statue is around 10 years old, whilst the smaller item was made roughly eight years ago.

Speaking to the Free Press, Tony said: “We’re here to collect money to help the soldiers through the Royal British Legion via the poppy appeal.

“All the money raised will help those who are injured and all the people have been very generous.


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“And the people here at the Co-Op are ever so kind, as they will let me sit inside rather than be outside in the cold.

“They’ll give me drinks and food and they always help me.

Bucks Free Press: Store manager Sagavat Hussain (behind left) and customer service assistant Babs Sherwin (behind right), with Tony Collier (front centre)Store manager Sagavat Hussain (behind left) and customer service assistant Babs Sherwin (behind right), with Tony Collier (front centre) (Image: NQ)

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“This is mainly the only source of income when it comes to the RBL, but we get a lot of support from members of the public.”

Between 1914 and 1918, around 860,000 to 1,011,000 British people lost their lives in World War One, where people died from military injuries, combat injuries, malnutrition, severe causes of flu or being missing in action.

Not long after the conclusion of the Great War, poppies were planted in the battlefields where servicemen had fought and lost their lives during the four-year conflict.

The poppy has been worn by the British people to remember those who fought for our freedom since 1921, with the flower being trademarked by the Royal British Legion.

And many shoppers were seen snapping up their poppies with donations at the Hazlemere supermarket.

Bucks Free Press: Sagavat and Babs have a chat with TonySagavat and Babs have a chat with Tony (Image: NQ)

Additionally, Tony, who turns 89 in January, praised his late wife, Dot, who was a volunteer poppy seller for over 50 years.

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The two were married for 59 years prior to her passing on VE Day 2016 [May 8].

Tony continued: “She was brilliant as she helped out for well over 50 years in Princes Risborough.

“Every year on our wedding anniversary, I would buy her a red rose for every year we were married.

“She was wonderful.”

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