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Poppies provide fitting tribute to war

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Friends of West Park, Jan Malpass and Gwenth Dennison, with Dee Christensen from Arun District Council, and Dave Farrant the ISS contrat manager with the poppies now in full bloom in West Park.Picture by Kate Shemilt.lt.C140695-4 SUS-140630-175231001

C140695-4 Bog Jul3 Poppies phot kate Friends of West Park, Jan Malpass and Gwenth Dennison, with Dee Christensen from Arun District Council, and Dave Farrant the ISS contrat manager with the poppies now in full bloom in West Park.Picture by Kate Shemilt.lt.C140695-4 SUS-140630-175231001

HUNDREDS of poppies have created a sea of red in a corner of an Aldwick park.

The eye-catching sight in the south-eastern section of West Park is one of the poppy meadows planted last spring to commemorate next month’s centenary of the start of the first world war.

Jan Malpas, chairman of the Friends of West Park, said: “The poppies are absolutely fabulous. They look beautiful.

“I’m really thrilled with the way they have turned out.
“I do think they are fitting reminder of the first world war because poppies are the flowers that we associate with it.” Jan helped to sow the poppies at the site next to Marine Drive West with Arun District Council’s garden contractor, ISS.

The company bought 100 packs of Flanders poppy seeds from the Royal British Legion to back its national compaign to highlight the war and those who fought in it.

Jan asked the council to provide a plaque at the meadow to explain its significance.

“I’m really pleased with what the council has done but I thought a plaque was needed because people didn’t realise why the poppies were there,” she said.

“I hope that people will take a few minutes to have a quiet think about what they mean.”

The poppy meadow is part of a national campaign by the Royal British Legion to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war.

Four other meadows were planted at the BT exchange on Gloucester Road with 50,000 seeds of Flanders poppies.

n A family day is being planned for Avisford Park recreation ground in Rose Green on August 3 to mark the centenary.

 

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