13:03 Friday 20 June 2014

SLIDESHOW: Soham's primary schools come together to form giant human poppy

Written byJORDAN DAY

More than 1,000 schoolchildren joined forces to create a giant human poppy.

To mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, pupils from Soham’s three primary schools – St Andrew’s, The Weatheralls and The Shade – congregated on Soham Village College’s playing fields on Thursday.

A total of 1,050 children took part – The Weatheralls children wore red T-shirts to represent the petals, St Andrew’s donned black to represent the centre, and The Shade youngsters wore green to represent the stalk and the leaves of the poppy.

The idea for the poppy came out of meetings between Soham Museum, Laura Beasley, history co-ordinator at The Weatheralls, and Sue Howe, history co-ordinator at St Andrew’s, and is just one of numerous activities the schools have carried out to mark the centenary.

Donna Martin, chairman of Soham Museum, said: “I would like to praise all the children, who were impeccably behaved throughout, as well as the staff who took the time and trouble to participate.

“It was a really moving event with some of the staff almost in tears and bursting with pride.”

The poppy was also photographed from the air by a specialist aerial photographer.

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