I was the Secretary of a Royal British Legion Club for some years and I recall looking into the rules/legislation concerning the sale of Poppies. There is no restriction on when they can be sold from a static place of sale, eg. collection box and Poppies on the bar in the Club, but the actual collectors, that is the people out on the street rattling the collection boxes at the public, are only allowed to operate for the two weekends prior to the weekend of Remembrance Day itself.
Why this is so, I can't remember, but it pisses me off when you see all the other begging bowls out and about all year round.
Mind, I came home a little worse for wear last wek and started to watch "have I got news for you" and thought that they were wearing their poppies a little early until I realised I was watching the Dave channel and it was a repeat