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British Legion's 'Uslster' blooper on RUC badges

By Cate McCurry

Published 25/05/2015

The badge with the spelling error
The badge with the spelling error

The Royal British Legion has made a spelling blunder on hundreds of pin badges printed to raise money for ex-servicemen and their families.

The new pins are being sold in recognition of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, although the spelling mistake on the inscription calls it 'Uslster'.

The blooper was spotted by a Newtownards man who bought three pins at a local shop for family members to wear.

After inspecting the small badge, which has 10 poppies circling the RUC crest, he noticed the extra 'S' in Ulster.

The hundreds of pins sell for £2 each but it is not yet known if the Royal British Legion is aware of the mistake or if it will recall the new pins.

The pin is being sold to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The Newtownards man, who did not want to be named, said: "I buy these types of badges all the time and I heard they had this new one for sale so I went and bought a few.

"They were in a box container with other Royal British Legion items including a VE badge and other different pins.

"As soon as I bought it I saw the spelling mistake. I'm not sure if anyone else has spotted it but the RUC badges were kept in the biggest section of the container.

"There had to be in excess of 20 pins. I would say all of the pins have this mistake on them as they are printed in bulk, so it must have been a print run error."

RUC badges can sell from as little a £1 to £4.99. They are very collectable and rare ones can fetch high prices online or in high street shops.

Badges with mistakes can be worth even more than the originals, as they are usually much rarer.

The mistake is similar to a medal struck in the Drumree parades crisis. It was handed to members of the Orange Order who manned barricades in Portadown during the long-running marching dispute in the 90s. The medal read 'The Seige Of Drumcree', and was to commemorate its success in pushing the 1995 march through.

The Royal British Legion provides support and care to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

Its online shop sells items including clothes, gifts, jewellery, accessories and wristbands.

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