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Poppies planted in Witchford to commemorate war’s centenary

By Ely News  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

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Flanders poppies have been planted in the village of Witchford to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

A total of 600 square-metres have been seeded in four locations in the village - Broadway, Sandpit Drove, Dunham’s Lane and at the Sutton end of the junction with the A142 bypass - a job which saw residents of all ages coming together to get their hands dirty.

A spokesman for Witchford Parish Council said: “The poppies have been planted to not only commemorate the centenary of the start of First World War, but also to remember the villagers who gave their lives.

“The seeds were sold to support the Royal British Legion and were sponsored by 20 local businesses.

“The mass planting was completed by adults and children and it is hoped the poppies will flower during August to coincide with the start of the war.

“We would like to thank everyone for their help, including John Hook, Dick Till, Howard Palmer, Ivor Brand and George Jellicoe for preparing the ground.”

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