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Fylde parishes pay poppy tribute to the fallen

Poppy seeds planted at St John the Evangelist Church in Clifton. Members of the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment sow seeds.

Poppy seeds planted at St John the Evangelist Church in Clifton. Members of the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment sow seeds.

Young and old came together to sow the seeds of remembrance ready for the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The communities of Clifton, Newton and Salwick took part in a scheme to plant poppy seeds, which should be in flower ready for when the country marks 100 years of the start of the 1914-1918 conflict on 
August 4.

The seeds were supplied from a scheme organised by the Royal British Legion 
nationally and have been handed out to keen gardeners, schools, pubs and other community groups in the area.

Joan Gregson, from St John The Evangelist Church, on Church Lane, Clifton, said: “It was a wonderful day. We had a lovely service all about the importance of remembering, and then we sowed the seeds outside church.

“We had people aged from 95 to just six months old taking part. It was a real community event.

“We were very lucky to have Sgt Hope and three other members of the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment there to help us remember and scatter the seeds. The Rainbows, Brownies some of the Girl Guides, Cubs and Scouts helped, as well as members of the parish council and Newton Residents’ Association. And we had a helper from Kirkham prison, who prepared the ground for us.

“We have handed out seeds all across the parishes and to some of the nursing homes, pubs and even a convent in St Annes. Although that war was such a long time ago, it still has repercussions today and, of course, there have been wars since then. The poppy seeds will help people remember those who fell.”

The poppies were chosen by the Royal British Legion as their emblem after blood red poppies grew up across the battlefields of Flanders.

The Rev John Bannister, from St John’s, said: “As a parish it is important that we commemorate the First World War and remember the sacrifice paid and loss of life, which still 
impacts on our community.

“We were particularly pleased to welcome members of the Duke of Lancaster Regiment.

“It was great for the young people of our uniformed groups to see them and it 
reminds us all, not just of the sacrifice made in the historic conflicts, but also that members of our armed forces are still continuing to pay that price today around the world.”

He said the church would be holding a vigil mass on the evening of August 3.

 

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