Bermondsey Poppy Factory - Support Neil's campaign to commemorate the first UK poppy factory


Labour parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Cllr Neil Coyle, has launched a campaign to secure recognition for the Bermondsey site of the original poppy factory in the UK. The campaign launch occurred on Monday 4th August to coincide with the centenary of the UK entrance into what became known as the Great War.

In 1922 the 'Disabled Society' established the first UK poppy making factory with funding from the British Legion. The factory was on the corner of the Old Kent Road and St James' Road in Bermondsey and employed injured servicemen originally. Poppies were designed to be made with the use of just one arm. The factory has since moved to Richmond and the original building no longer stands.

Campaigners are seeking funding for a plaque for the area the original factory stood. Labour's Neil Coyle is pleased to be leading the campaign with help from local councillors, tenants and residents' groups, the Friends of Southwark Park and members of Southwark's Civic Association. Campaigners aim to have a plaque for the site before he anniversary of Armistice Day and will be approaching local people and businesses for support. Please email: if you are willing to donate to this campaign.

Neil Coyle says: "Bermondsey and Southwark have made a significant contribution to our Forces, but this unrecognised element of employing veterans and making poppies must not be forgotten. Bermondsey helped build the UK contribution to remembering our fallen heroes, injured veterans and our current Forces. A plaque recognising this unique contribution on the site in this centenary year would only be fitting."

We will remember them.

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signed 2016-02-16 18:14:31 +0000
This historical fact is a real “feather in the cap” for our borough and a significant detail from Southwark’s past that should be remembered and never forgotten.
signed 2016-02-01 13:45:15 +0000
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Sign the petition: Bermondsey Poppy Factory - Support Neil's campaign to commemorate the first UK poppy factory
signed 2014-11-14 08:21:19 +0000
signed via 2014-09-24 09:58:11 +0100
Glad to be able to support Bermondsey in this campaign
signed 2014-09-12 03:00:42 +0100
signed 2014-09-08 15:42:56 +0100
signed via 2014-09-01 06:44:03 +0100
signed via 2014-08-30 18:34:34 +0100
Born and brought up in Bermondsey,
signed via 2014-08-30 17:31:34 +0100
Born in Bermondsey
signed via 2014-08-30 16:22:27 +0100
Born in Bermondsey
signed via 2014-08-30 11:39:12 +0100
Born and brought up in bermondsey. Now retired
signed via 2014-08-30 11:17:45 +0100
Christine Hewit
signed via 2014-08-29 19:04:30 +0100
I support the campaign, but do not support The Labour Party. (Or all of the others.)

I do not want ANY Party contacting me.
signed via 2014-08-29 11:21:17 +0100
signed via 2014-08-29 10:41:42 +0100
signed via 2014-08-29 10:05:42 +0100
signed via 2014-08-28 22:20:09 +0100
What a fantastic initiative.
signed via 2014-08-28 19:59:21 +0100
I whole heartedly support Neil’s campaign, the work of the Poppy Factory and Royal British Legion is so vital to the ex-service community and their families.

It’s good to let people know where it all started from.

“Lest we Forget”!
signed 2014-08-27 21:02:40 +0100
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