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Sowing the seeds of love for the war dead

Mick Dennison from the British Legion, David Morris MP, Coun Margaret Pattison, Corporal Chris Wilkinson and bus driver Steve Trainor are all backing the Morecambe Poppy Scatter.

Mick Dennison from the British Legion, David Morris MP, Coun Margaret Pattison, Corporal Chris Wilkinson and bus driver Steve Trainor are all backing the Morecambe Poppy Scatter.

Poppies will be scattered on Valentine’s Day in the first of a series of tributes to those who died in the First World War.

Happy Mount Park will host the first ‘Poppy Scatter’ event in Morecambe, where people will sew poppy seeds in an attempt to turn Morecambe red.

The brainchild of Stagecoach bus driver Steve Trainor, the Morecambe Poppy Scatter will continue until mid-June to grow flowers until August.

Mr Trainor is encouraging people in the town to get out and sew poppy seeds at work, school, in pub gardens, hotels, and other locations.

This will be a colourful tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One this summer.

The aim of the project is to try to raise £136,904.30p, one penny for every service person killed in World War 1.

There will be fundraising events throughout the year including a slimathon, race night, an exercise bike marathon and a children’s fun day in Happy Mount Park in June.

Poppy seeds are on sale now in various shops in the Arndale Centre, The Strawberry Basket in Heysham, Bare Pharmacy and the York Hotel.

The scatter will start at 12.30pm this Friday. All are welcome to attend.

Poppy seeds will be available to purchase for scattering in the flower bed after a short service of dedication given by Fr Chris Holden from The Church of the Ascension in Torrisholme.

 

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