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Students create 8,000 silk poppies for a remembrance event in Wells

PUBLISHED: 11:29 06 November 2018

Somerset poppies

Somerset poppies

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"Children of all ages will be able to recognise the scale of loss for our county 100 years ago, as well as feeling a sense of pride."

A total of 4,000 children from 19 schools in and around Wells have created almost 8,000 silk poppies to be displayed in a remembrance event at The Bishop’s Palace, from November 11 – 25. Each poppy represents a Somerset serviceman who lost his life during the First World War.

The project was organised by Dan Vidler, a teacher at Coxley Primary School. He says: “Wearing a poppy each November is important, but for many children, that’s where their involvement ends.” He hopes that through this event, “children of all ages will be able to recognise the scale of loss for our county 100 years ago, as well as feeling a sense of pride in contributing to one of the largest commemoration events involving children in the country”.

The poppies are available for sale for £5 at somersetpoppies.co.uk. Money raised will go to two charities: Wells branch of the Royal British Legion and SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.

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