THE enormous poppy pinned to a woman’s lapel was obviously designed to go on a vehicle.
Helen Archer, a 54-year old dog breeder from Bathgate, has been wearing a poppy of patriotically vast proportions since mid-September.
She said: “I got this one free with a multipack of antifreeze, and instantly realised that wearing anything else would be an insult to the memory of our troops.
“It isn’t easy to attach, because my coat doesn’t have a radiator grill.
“But what would The Unknown Soldier, or Andy McNab, or James Blunt say if they turned up in Bathgate and all I had to show them was a poppy scarf, a poppy hat, a poppy handbag and a poppy umbrella?”
She added that her poppy would stay on until Comic Relief weekend, when she intends to put it in a drawer and start wearing a huge cable-tied red nose.