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AIBU to expect The British Legion

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NotSuchASmugMarriedNow Mon 12-Nov-12 15:00:06

to at least provide proper fasteners with those poppies. Those silly little pins are useless, it's 2012 now and we need proper poppy fasteners surely?

mrskeithrichards Mon 12-Nov-12 15:01:53

Think yourself lucky our poppy's in Scotland don't even have pins anymore!

Kbear Mon 12-Nov-12 15:07:28

The british legion are too busy raising money for the wounded soldiers and supporting the old soldiers to worry about you not pinning your poppy on properly - pin it through the leaf is my top tip for next year. And I'm sure they'd love your support in selling them next year smile

Kbear Mon 12-Nov-12 15:08:21

My non stroppy answer is that they would cost too much money probably.

JenFawkes Mon 12-Nov-12 15:08:47

The badge tab on my uniform is very handy for sticking my poppy in for parade. How about using a pin badge of some sort and wedging the poppy in that?

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow Mon 12-Nov-12 15:10:33

It makes it really awkward for kids too, coz they hurt themselves with the pins

argh, i'm just having a moan, it's a quiet day today!

Justforlaughs Mon 12-Nov-12 15:10:57

YANBU but I'm sure the real reason for the "silly little pins" is that they don't stay on and everyone ends up buying at least 6 of the things. My best tip is to use a safety pin. I had the exact same conversation with the lady who sold me mine grin. Maybe they need to redesign the actual poppy stem to make it easier to keep on, but in all honesty they don't want people to keep a poppy for several years, they need us to keep buying them.

Kbear Mon 12-Nov-12 15:15:40

They sell metal pin badges for £2 which stay on better. They also have sheets of stickers for kids. Contact your local branch of the legion if you want some for your school next year and they will deliver or ask you collect if they don't have enough volunteers.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 12-Nov-12 15:16:02

We all survived a yearly poppy with a pin, didn't we? And what's a little pinprick in the light of what it's all about?

Kbear Mon 12-Nov-12 15:16:57

also check out poppy shop - for sparkly poppies and other poppy stuff!

Kbear Mon 12-Nov-12 15:18:04

and while we're here.... if you have any time at all to help sell poppies next year, an hour, an afternoon, a day, a week.... please contact your local Royal British Legion.

They need the young uns!

Mousefunk Mon 12-Nov-12 15:25:14

Huh we don't have the pin ones anymore, they're stick on (Yorkshire)..

Kbear Mon 12-Nov-12 16:59:02

Christmas cards supporting the legion here

sorry, no more hijacking... promise smile

hackmum Mon 12-Nov-12 17:19:19

I agree with the OP. This year I bought a poppy but never got round to pinning it on because the damn thing always falls off. I've always suspected they're a ruse to make you buy another one.

Kbear Mon 12-Nov-12 17:20:45

but your donation to the cause is greatly appreciated whether you wear the poppy or not, so thank you.

LRDtheFeministDragon Mon 12-Nov-12 17:31:32

People never used to wear poppies for as long, I think - when I was little you bought one for the 11th or for Remembrance Sunday and took it off afterwards. I don't like the trend for wearing them for weeks in November, especially the way news presenters seem to have to have one glued on from the first to the 15th.

The little pins remind you they're meant to be disposable, not an accessory.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 12-Nov-12 17:40:42

I have a fabric handbag, pinned it securely on there. This time of year I'm not always wearing the same coat so it seemed like the best place to put it.

Kbear Mon 12-Nov-12 18:01:09

The Poppy Appeal ran from 27th October to 10th November this year so I suppose people have bought it early so want to wear it.

I think everyone wearing it for as long as possible during the Poppy Appeal is good advertising.

Frontpaw Mon 12-Nov-12 18:01:56

I use a safety pin.

maddening Mon 12-Nov-12 18:02:59

There were ones with a sticky back this year

piprabbit Mon 12-Nov-12 18:03:30

We use safety pins too.

valiumredhead Mon 12-Nov-12 18:03:50

Ds had a nice stick on one he bought from school.

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