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Poppy plan to mark war centenary effort

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

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A SEA of poppies will soon fill churchyards across South Derbyshire as part of First World War commemoration plans.

The Diocese of Derby has joined forces with the Royal British Legion in the area to come up with a joint act of remembrance for the centenary of the conflict.

The poppies have been planted across the bank holiday weekend to allow time for them to grow and then bloom during the centenary anniversary on August 4.

Now, church leaders and legion chiefs are urging members of the public across the area to get involved and help create a ‘sea of colour’ memorial.

The Royal British Legion’s director of fund-raising Charles Byrne said: “The idea to distribute poppy seeds to commemorate the centenary of the First World War originated with legion members in the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Branch, and we are delighted that this campaign has gained nationwide recognition.

“We want to see members of the public making this campaign their own in their communities, working in collaboration with local government, schools and community groups, and we will be taking discussions forward with central government to ingrain this campaign in the centenary commemorations.”

The plans have seen the Church of England and the Royal British Legion Centenary Poppy Campaign link up with DIY giant B&Q.

Packs of Flanders poppies are on sale at the firm’s store in Wellington Road, Burton, for £2, with £1 of every packet sold being donated to the legion.

More information on the project is now available online by visiting www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary/centenary-poppy-campaign

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