Turn church railings into sea of poppies

The railings outside St Peter's Church, which could be amass with red poppies in time for Remembrance Sunday.
The railings outside St Peter's Church, which could be amass with red poppies in time for Remembrance Sunday.

The black railings outside Fleetwood’s Parish Church could be a sea of red poppies in time for Remembrance Sunday on November 9.

The event’s organising committee is requesting people tie a poppy to the railings at St Peter’s Church as a symbolic gesture to mark the centenary of the First World War, as well as in remembrance to fallen heroes.

Ron Kennedy, chairman of Fleetwood Remembrance Sunday organising committee, said the poppies at the church would be a further example of respect.

He added: “It’s a good idea and a further addition to the day’s commemorations.

“We have spoken to the vicar at the church and permission has been given.

“It’s just 
something we wanted to do and the church faces the position where we take an eyes right salute at the 
Rowntree Clock, so it’s a poignant area for poppies to be placed.”

Remembrance Day could be the biggest the town has ever seen and organisations are invited to take part in the parade itself.

Committee member Thelma Salthouse said: “Not many of the groups and organisations which meet at the Cenotaph realise they can take part and march in the actual parade.

“Groups like brownies and cubs, cadets, schools, ex-forces groups and serving forces are all invited to take part.

“They will be fully insured to take part, but we do need them to get in touch.”

The parade will leave the Rowntree Clock at Albert Square at 10am and will march along Lord Street, Warrenhurst Road and to the Memorial Park.

Provisions are being put in place to make sure all children who take part in the 
parade will be stood at the front of the crowds, surrounding the Cenotaph, so they can see the service and the laying of the wreaths.

Following the service, the parade will return to Albert Square for a salute by a serving army colonel to close the proceedings.

If you would like to take part, contact the Remembrance Day committee on (01253) 877535.