Children Commemorate World War 1 by making a human poppy
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A total of 5,821 pupils
from more than 47 schools, from across Sefton, on 4 July 2014,
braved the cold and the rain to mark the start of World War 1, by
making a huge human poppy. So far the figure is being verified by
Guinness, but it has been widely reported to be a new World Record.
Children marched through 2 bunkers, created by Sefton Ranger
Service, wearing red and black and green t-shirts to an area marked
out in the sand, where they stood to form the famous Poppy logo on
Southport beach, next to the Pier. Pupils had to stand in the
formation for more than 15 minutes and this feat was made even more
amazing by the children's silence during a 2 minute mark of
Remembrance, when they stood still as the rain lashed down. The
event was organised by Sefton Council in partnership with Sefton CVS
and the Royal British Legion and was watched by hundreds of
residents and visitors on Southport seafront.
Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr
Peter Dowd, was at the event. He said:- "To watch the World
Record being set on Southport beach was truly amazing.
Once in formation, the poppy looked spectacular and the hugely
successful event marks the start of Sefton's commemorations to mark
the onset of World War 1. Thanks must go to everyone involved in the
World Record, from the children in the poppy to all the staff at
Sefton Council and our partners who made this happen. It has
certainly put Sefton on the map."
The schools, which took part in
the event, were supported by Merseytravel, who put on additional
trains to Southport, and all schools who took part made
contributions to the Royal British Legion.
Throughout the day pupils were
entertained with music, singing, physical exercises and marching
drills hosted by compare Neil Newton, from Wirral Radio.
Mandy Sutton, Interim Area Manager
for The Royal British Legion in Merseyside, said:-
"Congratulations to Sefton Council for this fantastic effort and we
cannot wait to hear the official results that they've broken the
world record. We are thrilled the team chose to create a giant human
poppy, especially in this poignant year as the nation commemorates
the centenary of the First World War. The Legion is also grateful to
the generosity of local people and school children across Sefton who
supported this event and gave donations to the Legion - the money
raised will help us to continue providing help and advice to serving
personnel and veterans of all conflicts."
Amongst all the guests were Dame
Lorna Muirhead, Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, the Mayor of Sefton,
Cllr Kevin Cluskey, Ian Meadows the High Sherriff of Merseyside and
a number of Sefton residents aged 96 or older.
Angela White, Sefton CVS Chief
Executive, said:- "It has been an enormous privilege to have
worked in partnership and been part of this event. To see so many
children pay their tribute to Sefton residents, who went to the
front and never came home, by creating the Flanders poppy on the
beach was very moving. It provides a lasting image of future hope
and continuing remembrance."
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