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Recycling design firm supports Royal British Legion

A Hurricane piston and con-rod made into a clockA company that specialises in turning old aero engine parts into rare decorative items will be donating five per cent of sale prices on its Ashby Aero range to the Royal British Legion for the rest of the year.

Ashby Interiors has launched a V for Victory range in support of the charity, which collects money annually through the Poppy Appeal to help ex-service personnel.

Run by Martin and Rachel Ashby - Martin worked for Rolls-Royce for 24 years - the company salvages and 'upcycles' old engine parts into "luxury interior and decorative items".

It has a studio "crammed with rare aero engines" from World War Two, the Cold War and the Falklands Conflict.

The V for Victory range is based on parts from World War Two aircraft, including some that flew in the Battle of Britain, which have been turned into clocks, decorative items, lights and sculptures.

Many of the engines used were originally made in Derby

Martin said: "Everything we sell is recycled or reused which is really important in today’s society. To combine recycling with luxury and rarity is key to what we do."

He said they company had decided to support the Royal British Legion partly because of the back stories of the parts being recycled and partly "because I have a great uncle who died during World War One".