You can join in World War 1 poppy pledge

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A bus driver’s vision to turn the town red to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War is really beginning to flower.

Steve Trainor had the idea for the people of Morecambe to scatter poppy seeds all over the resort.

By the summer they will bloom into a sea of red flowers to pay tribute to those who died in the First World War.

Steve’s dream is already becoming reality as residents, schoolchildren, servicemen and women past and present, city councillors, businesses, the mayor and the Morecambe MP have all got right behind his Poppy Scatter.

They all turned out in force on Friday for his launch event at Happy Mount Park.

Seeds were scattered on the park and now Steve hopes this scatter will be the first of many. “I started out with six million poppy seeds and now I’ve only got 1.2 million,” said Steve, from Heysham.

“I’m selling them to raise £136,904.40, that’s a penny for every soldier who died in World War One on all sides.”

The money will be donated to the British Legion and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Fundraising events will also be held between now and the summer.

“I think the poppy scatter is a great idea,” said David Morris MP. “I’d like to encourage everyone to sow some poppy seeds in their own gardens, in back yards and in hanging baskets so that the whole constituency will be in bloom in a few months.” See for our photo slide show and video from the Poppy Scatter launch.

Photos by Garth Hamer.




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