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Create a poppy to remember one of the 504 Rushcliffe World War One heroes

1 October 2018

Rushcliffe Borough Council is appealing to residents and community groups to help create handmade remembrance poppies for inclusion in a huge art exhibition to commemorate each of the 504 men from Rushcliffe towns and villages who were lost in World War One.

Each poppy will form part of a display that will create a cascade of flowers down the atrium staircase at Rushcliffe Arena in West Bridgford.

The poppies can be made from any wool, felt, paper, card or clay and submitted by October 10 to Rushcliffe Arena reception or at Rushcliffe Community Contact Centre on Rectory Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6BN.

Inspired by the Tower of London’s famous ‘Blood Swept Sands and Seas of Red’ installation, the exhibition will feature from October 26 to November 16 with all of the names of those who died in the conflict also displayed in the atrium area.

Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Debbie Mason said the feature will be among the moving reminders of World War One’s centenary year taking place across the Borough.

She said: “We have so many creative residents and local groups in Rushcliffe and we thought this was a perfect fit to appeal to their artistic nature and commemorate the fallen from The Great War at the same time.

“The display will be really poignant, paying tribute to all the local men that we lost all those years ago and we thank the schools, groups and individuals who have already submitted poppies.”

Bianca Woolley, Deputy Head at St Edmund Campion Catholic Voluntary Academy, has been among the staff helping children busily designing and making poppies to be featured in the display.

She said: “The children have really enjoyed creating their poppies and are excited to see them on the exhibition once it’s created.

“They have also been learning about what they represent, which is really important to teach children about the significance the conflict played in 20th century history.”

For more information about the project and on Commemorative community events across Rushcliffe visit www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/ww1centenary