PAYING RESPECTS AT POPPY OF HONOUR OUTSIDE TOWN HALL

The community of Crewkerne turned up to pay their respects at the Poppy Of Honour when it visited Crewkerne. The giant poppy which stands over 8ft tall was sited for the day outside of the town hall in Market Square. Terry Williams of Henstridge who came up with the idea and helped to design the tribute to the 1.1 million British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who were killed or lost in action during the First World War, helped visitors to find their relatives names.

Terry Williams said: “Because of the sheer size of the list, we are planning to have around 20 books printed next year with all names listed alphabetically. This will make it easier and more accessible for people to know, that if a relatives name is recorded by the Commonwealth Graves Commission, their name and rank will be on one of the poppies.” The names of the Fallen were handwritten by 275,000 people from 37 countries.

The Poppy Of Honour began its tour of Somerset at the beginning of November in Frome, following a dedication service in Wincanton the month before. The giant poppy finished its tour of the county at Clarks village in Street on November 20th with a Veteran’s Parade and Remembrance Service. A national tour of cities in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland is planned to begin in February next year, which will be followed by a visit to the Tower of London and the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. Anyone who would like to find out more about the Poppy of Honour 2018 can email poppyofhonour@gmail.com

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