A PHOTOGRAPH of poppies in a field that has become one of the images for this year’s Poppy Appeal was taken in a village near Ashbourne.
Amateur photographer Stuart Ainley sent a photograph of the symbolic flowers to the Royal British Legion, which then chose it to illustrate its 4,000 brochures promoting the annual charity event.
The 56-year-old, from Oakwood, said: “I had finished at work and went out with my camera and I was searching for a particular poppy field but I couldn’t get into it.
“Then I spotted these flowers, got the bin liner out, laid down and started snapping. It wasn’t until I got home that I realised it was quite a good photo.”
Stuart showed one of his work colleagues the picture and he suggested he send it to the British Legion.
He said: “The legion is one of those charities that I’ve always supported.
“It is because they do work for people who have risked their lives and been injured doing something that I and most other people would not do.
The Derbyshire Poppy Appeal was officially kicked-off last week in Chesterfield.