Thieves have stolen poppy seeds on sale to raise money for a town-wide First World War fund raiser.
But the chief organiser of the Morecambe Poppy Scatter says their callous actions have failed to stop his big plans from flowering.
Steve Trainor, a Heysham bus driver who came up with the idea for the Poppy Scatter, said the public response to his campaign has been remarkable – with six million seeds sold in just over a month, raising more than £6,000 for money will be donated to the British Legion and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission . Mr Trainor now aims to sell one seed for every soldier killed in World War One and raise the equivalent in money, £136,904.30p.
The Morecambe Poppy Scatter will continue until mid-June to grow flowers until August, in a colourful tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One this summer.
“It’s been a great response from everybody,” he said.
“Sales are going well in the Welcome Cafe in the Arndale, Bare Pharmacy has sold a hell of a lot and the local parish councils like Middleton have really helped, so I’m going to have to get another load of seeds. I originally thought we’d only done 40,000 seeds at a scatter in Happy Mount Park but I miscalculated, it was actually 175,000.”
He said the theft of 20 packets of seeds from Bon Marche in the Arndale was “disheartening” but “the fact that we’ve sold six million in a month more than compensates for it”.
Upcoming fundraisers for the Poppy Scatter include a race night at the York Hotel on April 5. Go to the Poppy Scatter Facebook group for more information.