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Sea of poppies set to mark advent of war

ALL IN RED: Students from Stour Valley Community School paid �1 to dress in red for the day on Friday.

ALL IN RED: Students from Stour Valley Community School paid �1 to dress in red for the day on Friday.

The grounds of a Clare school are to be covered in a sea of red poppies as it marks the centenary of the First World War.

Stour Valley Community School has unveiled plans to plant more than 3,000 poppies in its grounds.

“We are planning on planting thousands of poppies around the school in the spring,” said Lisa-Jayne Kemp, from the school in Cavendish Road.

“We think a sea of red​ will look fantastic and will be the start of our centenary commemorations.”

On Friday, students raised £380 towards buying the flowers, which have been ordered from Plants That Grow in Great Yeldham, by wearing red for the day.

It is planned to plant 100 poppies at the school entrance, with the remainder spread around flower beds in the grounds.

“The pupils are all really up for planting the poppies, but that may change when they see how many there are,” said Mrs Kemp.

“It will look really good and is a great way of remembering the war.”

The school also intends to invite ex-servicemen along to an event and install a commemorative plaque.

 

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