Poppies at ready to mark Armistice Day anniversary

August 31 2018

DOWNEND is gearing up to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in November.

Plans are well advanced for the Lighting of a Beacon at King George V playing fields as part of a nationwide day of commemoration.

In addition, hundreds of wooden poppies are being painted a ‘planted’ around the area in tribute to millions killed and injured in the conflict.

The beacon is one of more than 1,000 around the country that will be lit at 7pm on Armistice Day, November 11, after the Last Post has been played. They will symbolise and end to the darkness of war. Church bells will then be rung in celebration of peace.

The Downend event, backed by Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council, is being run by the Men in Sheds group and the intention is to involve many youth organisations who will place lighted poppies around the beacon.

The wooden poppies project is being led by Downend & Bromley Heath in Bloom. Most of the poppies will be red, with some white for conscientious objectors and some purple for the animals that died. Many will be placed in the grounds of Christ Church Downend to represent the 164 soldiers from Downend killed in the war.

If any local groups would like to be involved in painting poppies, please contact Dave Baker on dlbaker32@icloud.com

Further information on the national event can be found at https://www.brunopeek.co.uk