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Warwick Poppies 2018 opens
01/10/18

At 11am on the 11th November 1918, the guns fell silent, marking the end of the First World War. To commemorate the centenary of this historic event and to highlight the part that Warwickshire people played in that terrible war, Warwick Poppies 2018 is mounting a massive display of thousands of handmade poppies within the magnificent Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, from 6th October until 9th December.

11,610 soldiers from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment alone lost their lives in the Great War and the initial aim of Warwick Poppies 2018 was to have a poppy for each of them. The project exceeded this target by a long way and the organisers have received more than 30,000 handmade poppies. The poppies arrived from all over the country and some from all over the world, many bringing poignant stories with them of the lasting effect of the First World War on families.

The display also includes bespoke tributes from the Warwickshire Federation of Womens Institutes, the Woodloes Evening Townswomens Guild, and the Guild of Bellringers.

Entry to the display is free and any donations given will be shared equally between the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and St Mary’s Church. The display will be open daily 10am to 4pm from October 6th until December 9th 2018, except when the Church is closed for services, weddings or other events.

Along with the display, there will be a few special events to mark the centenary, including “Battle’s O’er”, part of the Nation’s Tribute to the Fallen on the 11th November at 6am followed by an Armistice Breakfast. Also local historians will talk about the famous Christmas Truce on the 6th December, which coincides with St Mary’s famous Christmas tree festival.

On the 21st November the Lord Lieutenant’s Service of Remembrance is being attended by around 400 Warwickshire pupils representing 32 schools – from the very north to the very south of the county. Together with the Lord Lieutenant, Bishop John will be participating, along with the High Sherriff, Mayor, and the Chairmen of both the District and County Councils. There will be bell ringing, the Last Post, Reveille, the National Anthem and action songs for children. It is set to be a truly memorable event for Warwickshire’s school children.

For more information about the display and the services see www.warwickpoppies.org.uk