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Green spaces in Darwen to turn red in tribute to Great War dead
GREEN spaces across Darwen will be turned red next year as poppy seeds are planted to commemorate the First World War.
Darwen Town Council has agreed to buy £500 of seeds to give out to primary schools in the town, and the Royal British Legion.
They will then be scattered in places such as public parks, community gardens, hedgerows and school playing fields.
The move came as commemoration events for next year’s 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War are being planned.
Poppies have become synonymous with First World War remembrance since they grew on the battlefields, inspiring the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McRae.
Town council deputy chairman Coun Trevor Maxfield said: “For £500 we can buy more than seven million poppy seeds.
“I have been told that you are meant to feed seeds in at this time of year to give them a chance to grow next year.
“When they are in full bloom next year, they will look fantastic and really brighten up the town.”
Coun Maxfield, who is also Armed Forces Champion for Blackburn with Darwen Coun- cil, said: “It is vitally important we remember the sacrifice of those who fell during the Great War.
“And this is a very fitting way for us to do that in Darwen.”
Stephen Potter, of the Darwen branch of the Royal British Legion, said plans for where to plant the poppies would be discussed at a branch meeting tomorrow, at The Anchor pub.
He said: “We have been looking into doing something like this for a while, so I am delighted it has finally happened.
“It is wonderful the town council has agreed to buy the seeds, and when they blossom it will look fantastic.”
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