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White poppies printed in Welsh for first time

WELSH white poppies have been produced for the first time by the pacifist Peace Pledge Union (PPU).

White poppies were first produced in 1933, bearing the word “peace” in the centre, to mark Remembrance Day on November 11 and the anniversary of the end of the first world war in 1918.

The new poppies will use the Welsh word for peace, “Hedd,” instead and will be sent out with Welsh language leaflets.

The PPU says that the decision is a response to requests from Welsh-speaking white poppy wearers.

Tomos Williams-Mason, 18, a bilingual PPU activist in south-east Wales, said: “Being able to speak your own language is a human right. 

“I think the importance of Welsh-medium white poppies lies in the fact that human rights are not only linked to Remembrance Day, but are upheld in the work for peace.” 

White poppies are sometimes worn with the red poppy produced by the Royal British Legion, which raises funds for injured and retired service people.


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