Giant poppies placed around Stanway ‘to remember’

Large poppies have been placed on street lamps around the village of Stanway in Colchester to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Marking the centenary anniversary of the Great War, the Royal British Legion launched a 100 day ‘Thank You’ movement to raise awareness and allow people to say Thank You through friends, community or place of work, or simply as an individual.

The movement runs until Armistice Day on Sunday 11th November.

As part of the ‘Thank You’ movement, the 40cm poppies have been placed around the village by volunteers from Stanway Parish Council, a ‘Thank You’ to the many Stanway men and women who gave their lives in service.

Stanway Remembers at Victory Hall, Villa Road

John Spademan, Chairman of Stanway Parish Council said: “In this centenary year of Remembrance, it is essential we don’t forget those that gave their tomorrows so we in Stanway can have our todays.”

‘Stanway Remembers’ is located inside Victory Hall at the Stanway Community Centre in Villa Road, with the names inscribed of all those from Stanway Parish who served in H.M. Forces in all conflicts from 1914 to the present day.

Seeing the poppies appear around the village, residents and visitors have shown their delight in the display having become an instant talking point, especially for children at local schools.

Cllr. Kevin Bentley, County Councillor for Stanway and Portfolio Holder for Highways at Essex County Council added: “I was present at the meeting held by the Parish Council and was truly moved by the words of the representative from the Royal British Legion.

“I fully support and enthusiastically gave permission there and then for the large poppies to be placed on streetlamps around the village.”

The Parish Council have already placed more than 50 of the large poppies on lampposts across the village.

A spokesperson from the Royal British Legion said: “Remembrance Sunday, which falls on November 11th, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.”