Plea to help make sea of poppies to remember Norfolk's war victims

03 November 2017

School children, community groups and Norfolk residents are being asked to help make more than 15,000 poppies for a display marking the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day next year. 

With Remembrance Day next week, it’s an ideal time for residents of all ages to get involved in making a poppy to help the project reach its target. All of them will be displayed in Norwich during the Armistice centenary next November. 

Since 2013, Norfolk Regimental Museum, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Library and Information Service have been commemorating the 100th anniversary of the war. As part of the project, more than 400 stories telling how war impacted people’s lives in Norfolk have been shared on the Norfolk in World War One website. The site has also been used to share information about other First World War projects and events. 

People from across the world have visited the website, and people living in Canada, Turkey and New Zealand have contributed their stories. 

Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, said: “The website has offered a great insight into people’s experiences and now we have decided on a physical memorial. This is where we need the help of the people of Norfolk. 

“Listed on the county’s war memorials are the names of 15,525 men and women who gave their lives during World War One and we wish to remember them with a handmade poppy. All the poppies will be displayed in Norwich in the lead up to the Armistice and then these will be shared out amongst Norfolk’s 47 libraries as a representation of just how many people from the county died during the conflict. 

Among those already getting involved in the project are pupils from Blofield Primary School. 

There is a template for the poppies available on the website. Poppies should be no larger than 4”x4” (10cm x 10cm) but they can be made in any way people are able. This could include flowers made from felt, wool, paper, crepe paper and also sent in beautiful drawn and coloured flowers. 

Full details about the project and templates for the poppies can be found on the Norfolk in World War One website and finished poppies can be handed in at any of Norfolk’s libraries.

For political comment:

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury (Conservative) Chairman of the Communities Committee, on 01603 759693
Cllr Julie Brociek-Coulton (Labour) on 07786 694325 
Cllr Sarah Butikofer (Liberal Democrat) on 07968 897235

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