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Remembrance Poppies

Remembrance Poppies

Our item in November is a ceramic poppy, made by local artist Paul Cummins, for the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' display at the Tower of London.

This art installation commemorated the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The red poppy is a symbol of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future.
The poppy is a well-known and well-established symbol, one that carries a wealth of history and meaning with it.

Ceramic Poppy

During WW1, much of the fighting took place in Western Europe. The countryside was blasted, bombed and fought over repeatedly. Previously beautiful landscapes turned to mud; bleak and barren scenes where little or nothing could grow.

There was a notable and striking exception to the bleakness - the bright red Flanders poppies. These resilient flowers flourished in the middle of so much chaos and destruction, growing in the thousands upon thousands.

Shortly after losing a friend in 1915, Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was moved by the sight of these poppies and that inspiration led him to write the now famous poem 'In Flanders Fields'.

(From the Royal British Legion website.)


Last updated on 30 June 2022