Big cat’s purring for Poppy Ap­peal


Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS - TAMLYN JONES tamlyn. jones@ trin­i­tymir­ror. com

IT’S the Jag that’s top of the pop­pies.

Car- maker Jaguar Land Rover has rolled out a ‘ one- of- a- kind’ F- Type to pro­mote the Poppy Ap­peal.

The lux­ury mo­tor has a body cov­ered in pop­pies and the words of poignant poem In Flan­ders Fields.

Ex- ser­vice­men Lance Cor­po­ral Chris Read, Guards­man Chris Walker, Pri­vate Dan El­liot and Lance Cor­po­ral Fran­cis Stokes spent more than three weeks de­sign­ing the unique liv­ery.

Then the F- Type SVR was adorned with the art­work at Mis­sion Mo­tor­sport’s work­shop in Ox­ford­shire.

The car made its pub­lic de­but last week at the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s Birm­ing­ham Poppy Day, which aimed to raise £ 50,000.

More than 300 mem­bers of the Armed Forces, more than 200 vol­un­teers, or­gan­i­sa­tions from across the Mid­lands, Birm­ing­ham busi­nesses and the Lord Mayor of Birm­ing­ham were out on the streets for the largest one- day street col­lec­tion in the Mid­lands.

Now, the Jaguar will travel around JLR sites and mil­i­tary land­marks, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Me­mo­rial Ar­bore­tum in Stafford­shire.

Its fi­nal stop will be in An­gle­sey, where it will be the safety car for Mis­sion Mo­tor­sport’s an­nual 12- hour en­durance Race of Re­mem­brance.

As an­other re­minder to sup­port the Poppy Ap­peal, a 35- foot high ver­sion of the car has pride of place at JLR’s Cas­tle Bromwich plant.

The F- Type, which is a land­mark mounted on the side of the fac­tory, has been re­vamped to mark Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

It can be seen from the nearby M6, and faces the Sen­tinel sculp­ture which de­picts the spit­fires Cas­tle Bromwich was fa­mous for build­ing dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

The project has been car­ried out in part­ner­ship with forces’ mo­tor­sport char­ity Mis­sion Mo­tor­sport and the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

JLR has hired more than 750 for­mer ser­vice­men and women since 2013, and has wel­comed 29 exarmed forces per­son­nel to its ‘ Wounded In­jured Sick’ pro­gramme since 2014, 18 of whom have found em­ploy­ment with the mo­tor man­u­fac­turer.

The busi­ness is also the head­line part­ner of the an­nual In­vic­tus Games, an in­ter­na­tional sport­ing event to in­spire re­cov­ery and sup­port re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The F- Type in poppy liv­ery and an­other ver­sion of the car mounted 35 feet high at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Cas­tle Bromwich

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