Supporters of a campaign to honour our war dead turned out in force on D-Day to replant ‘stolen’ poppy seeds at a Morecambe park.
Around 150 friends of the Morecambe Poppy Scatter, including the Morecambe MP, schoolchildren, local councillors and war veterans, joined in the replanting at Happy Mount Park in glorious sunshine.
Around 120-130,000 seeds had disappeared from the flower bed at the park in mysterious circumstances.
Steve Trainor, organiser of the Poppy Scatter, believes the beds were deliberately targeted.
Mr Trainor said he was “overwhelmed” by the response of the public.
“What a poignant day, with it being the 70th anniversary of D-Day,” he said.
“We had everybody here, from a three-year-old right through to pensioners. Words fail me.”
CCTV has now been installed to watch over the flower bed to make sure the poppies flower as planned.
The Poppy Scatter was set up by Mr Trainor, a Morecambe bus driver, to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, and has captured the public’s imagination.
Around 14m seeds have now been sown in Morecambe and further afield, more than one seed for every soldier killed in the First World War, to raise money for the British Legion and the Commenwealth War Graves Commission.
“People have bought seeds from Morecambe and sent them all over the world,” said Steve.
“The majority have been sown in the Morecambe area.”
Mr Trainor thanked Costain, builders of the Heysham to M6 link road, for their support, Paul DeRone, park ranger who will watch over the flower bed, and Lancaster City Council for donating compost.