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PUBLISHED: 09:12 01 November 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 09 July 2010

Julian, Katherine Jenkins in dress and Lauren

Julian, Katherine Jenkins in dress and Lauren

THE dress worn by Forces Sweetheart Katherine Jenkins at the 2006 Poppy Appeal launch on Thursday was designed by two young students at the University of East London. Lauren Grace Johnston, 21, and Julian Greaves, 22, were inspired by a commemorative p

THE dress worn by 'Forces Sweetheart' Katherine Jenkins at the 2006 Poppy Appeal launch on Thursday was designed by two young students at the University of East London.

Lauren Grace Johnston, 21, and Julian Greaves, 22, were inspired by a commemorative 'poppy drop' when they designed and created the extraordinary dress modelled by the Welsh singer. It was made of 2,500 'blooms' as part of their photography degrees.

The dress also features in a Poppy Appeal poster, entitled 'Liberty', which they designed specially for The Royal British Legion. The inspiration came after Lauren and Julian witnessed the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight of a Lancaster bomber above The Mall last year, when a million poppies were dropped over Buckingham Palace in tribute to those who gave their lives during World War Two.

The poster and the dress form part of an exhibition titled A Day To Remember, which also includes a selection of poignant commemorative photographs.

Russell Thompson, director of fundraising and marketing at the Legion, said: "We are delighted to see the creativity and hard work which has gone into this project and as a measure of our gratitude we have asked Katherine to wear the dress. It reminds us of how important it is, in the current global situation, that the younger generation continue to remember the cost of war."

A Day to Remember opens following this year's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, on November 11. The exhibition will run until February, from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

For details visit www.adaytoremember.org.uk

Full story by Colin Grainger can be read in this week's Recorder

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