'Poppy explosion' in Dorset commemorates WW1 deaths

Poppy explosion The poppies were released to remember each of the Commonwealth deaths during the war

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More than one million poppies were blown into the air in Dorset to mark every Commonwealth death during World War One.

The release of 1.1m poppies from a tank - described as a "poppy explosion" - took place at Bovington Tank Museum.

The museum also staged a mock battle with replicas of a British Mark IV tank and a German tank.

The activities were among the events taking place to commemorate the centenary of Britain joining the war.

Poppies exploded from a tank More than a million poppies were released
Poppy explosion Members of the Great War Society living history group dressed as 4th Battalion the Middlesex Regiment
The Mark IV A replica of a Mark IV featured in a mock battle with a German tank

Other memorial activities in Dorset included a digital light work by artist Martin Coyne in Poole.

It was at the war memorial in Poole Park from 22:00 to 23:00 BST.

Borough of Poole Council said Mr Coyne's work turned Poole's war memorial into a "living reliquary", animated with voices, poetry, memories, pictures and film.

Poole residents were invited to attend and participated by reciting poems and literature specific to the war.

A wreath laying took place in Wimborne to remember those from the town who died in conflict and a candle-lit commemoration took place at the war memorial in Bournemouth between 22:00 and 23:00.

There were also readings, poetry and music in Bournemouth, and the lights of the town hall were turned out.

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