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Gaywood Church Beavers plant poppies in King’s Lynn to mark First World War anniversary

5th Kings Lynn Gaywood Church's Scout group planting  planting poppy seeds near the QEH. ANL-140506-061039009

5th Kings Lynn Gaywood Church's Scout group planting planting poppy seeds near the QEH. ANL-140506-061039009

Youngsters have created an organic memorial to those who gave their lives during the First World War – by planting poppies.

Swathes of red poppies will be adorning Lynn as people of all ages get planting to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war.

The 5th Gaywood Church Group Beaver Scouts were busy setting seeds in the Gayton Road area on Wednesday.

Poppy seeds have also been presented to West Norfolk Mind and Lynn Community Allotment to plant up key areas in the town.

Staff and residents at Hallmark Homes and Broadland Housing Association will be sowing poppies close to a cycle path near Baldock Drive.

Volunteer Janice Minns, who is an In Bloom member, will be setting seeds along Edward Benefer Way with help from South Lynn Scout Group.

Another In Bloom member, Steven Cable, will be planting poppies at Pepper’s Green while McDonald’s staff will be planting seeds close to the Hardwick Road cemetery.

Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for culture, tourism and marketing, said: “Community groups have been getting in touch with us asking if they could plant poppy seeds to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. We’ve been delighted to help with the provision of seeds and still have some left if any other groups or volunteers would like to set them in public open spaces.

“West Norfolk will be covered in these deep red flowers through the summer, reminding us all of the terrible loss of life incurred during that war and of what the poppy later represented.”

Anyone wishing to take advantage of the offer of poppy seeds can contact Sarah Moore on 01553 616200.

 

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