Racehorses to help launch Poppy Appeal

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Pet insurance customers might be interested to learn that two racehorses in Newmarket have helped launch the start of this year's Poppy Appeal by posing for photographs sporting poppies.

The pair are named after the last British veterans of the Great War – Harry Patch and Henry Allingham – and were pictured alongside their owners and cadets from The Queen's Royal Lancers Detachment in Ipswich.

Gay Jarvis, owner of Henry Allingham, told the Horse and Hound that the horses loved the attention they were getting and he hoped the picture will encourage everyone to give generously to the Poppy Appeal.

"They were incredible. We put poppies on their bridles and the cadets – who weren't used to horses – were giggling away as the horses nibbled their hair," she added.

Mr Patch fought in the trenches at Flanders and was wounded at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, while Mr Allingham served in the Royal Navy and was a founding member of the RAF. They both died in 2009 and were aged 111 and 113 respectively. 

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