Pupils’ Tower of London-style poppy display

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Children at a county middle school have been marking the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Inspired by the display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, children at Seaton Sluice Middle School asked if they could do their own version.

Every child in Year 8 has created a unique, handcrafted poppy which represents British military fatalities during the war.

Head of art, Katy Gibson, said: “We have tried to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary with our powerful visual commemoration, which is not only a beautiful display but also a location for personal reflection.

“We are hoping to sell all of the poppies that make up the installation and, in doing so, raise money which will be shared equally amongst two service charities, Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.”

The Year 8s also put together a remembrance assembly with information about how the war started, the meaning and history behind Remembrance Day and poppies, a recital of Flanders Field, a portrayal of Dulce et Decorum est, poems and letters written by the children themselves, a dance devised for Remembrance Day, songs and a two-minute silence.