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Scarlett & Mustard create a dressing to remember war heroes

PUBLISHED: 13:23 19 August 2014 | UPDATED: 13:23 19 August 2014

Left to right: Major-General Tony Pollard (formerly Royal Leics. Regiment) with owners of Scarlett & Mustard Sandy Ruddock and Julian Pollard, with Jason Whittleton of East of England Co-op.

Left to right: Major-General Tony Pollard (formerly Royal Leics. Regiment) with owners of Scarlett & Mustard Sandy Ruddock and Julian Pollard, with Jason Whittleton of East of England Co-op.

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Scarlett & Mustard has created a poppy seed dressing to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, inspired by a remarkable tale of bravery, selflessness and heroism.

Scarlett & Mustard has a close, personal connection to the war. When owners, husband and wife team Sandy Ruddock and Julian Pollard, met six years ago they discovered Sandy’s grandfather, Lieutenant Percy Watson and Julian’s great uncle, 2nd Lieutenant Thomas Pollard, both fought in the 1st Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment – the ‘Tigers’ – in the First World War. The two soldiers were not only in the same regiment, but the same battalion, and were wounded within weeks of each other during the same campaign.

“The family connection between Julian and myself was incredible,” said Sandy, “and it was this, coupled with our shared love of food, that made us want to create a delicious dressing that would help support the Royal British Legion in this very important year and remember those who fought and died for their country.”

The Colonel’s Poppy Seed Dressing is the latest addition to the Co-op’s Sourced Locally range. For every bottle of the dressing sold, Scarlett & Mustard will donate £1 to the Royal British Legion. It’s available at Co-op food stores in Aldeburgh, Debenham, Elmswell, Eye, Holbrook, Long Melford, Lavenham Village Shop and the Darsham Hamper food store. For more information and to locate stores visit www.eastofengland.coop

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