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Poppies sown in tribute

Poppy seeds planted at St John the Evangelist Church in Clifton. Members of the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment plant seeds.

Poppy seeds planted at St John the Evangelist Church in Clifton. Members of the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment plant seeds.

Young and old came together to sow the seeds of remembrance ready for the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The communities of Clifton, Newton and Salwick, near Preston, planted poppy seeds which should be in flower ready for when the country marks 100 years of the start of the 1914-1918 conflict on August 4.

The seeds were supplied from a scheme organised by the Royal British Legion nationally and have been handed out to keen gardeners, schools, pubs and other community groups in the area.

Joan Gregson from St John The Evangelist Church on Church Lane, Clifton, said: “It was a wonderful day. We had a lovely service all about the importance of remembering and then we sowed the seeds outside church.

“We had people aged from 95 to just six months old taking part.

“We were very lucky to have Sgt Hope and three other members of the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment there to help us remember and scatter the seeds. We had the Rainbows, Brownies some of the Girl Guides, Cubs and Scouts as well as members of the parish council and Newton Residents’ Association.

“We have handed out seeds all across the parishes and to some of the nursing homes, pubs and even a convent in St Annes.

“Although that war was such a long time ago it still has repercussions today and of course there have been wars since then. The poppy seeds will help people remember those who fell.”

The poppies were chosen by the Royal British Legion as their emblem after blood red poppies grew up across the battle fields of Flanders after the fields were churned up by the heavy artillery shelling of the trenches.

Rev John Bannister, from St John’s said: “As a parish it is important that we commemorate the First World War and remember the sacrifice paid and loss of life which still impacts on our community.”

He said the church would be holding a vigil mass on the evening of August 3.

 

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