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Commemoration Poppies

Published: 28/07/2014

The Leader of Flintshire County Council and Armed Forces Champion for Flintshire is encouraging residents to sow poppies all over Flintshire to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. The flowers are part of the Royal British Legion Centenary Poppy Campaign, whose aim is to cover the UK with poppies in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War. The national campaign, which is being run in partnership with retailer B&Q, will see the Legion asking the public and local authorities to purchase Flanders poppy seeds to plant on their own land. Every school in the UK will also receive a free pack of poppy seeds as part of an educational initiative by The Royal British Legion aimed at helping young people understand the impact of conflict. This part of the project has been made possible by a £100,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council Armed Forces Champion for Flintshire said: “The Poppy Campaign is an important way for the whole of Flintshire to join together in remembering those who died during the First World War. “I’m inviting everyone in the County to plant poppies of their own and take part in commemorating the 100th anniversary.”