Remembrance poppy

  1. More than 100 poppy wreaths transported to Paddington station

    Poppies arriving at Paddington

    More than 100 poppy wreaths were transported by rail to Paddington station for Armistice Day.

    The Poppies to Paddington operation involved nine trains travelling across the Great Western Railway (GWR) network.

    With many remembrance events cancelled this year because of the pandemic, GWR worked with the Veterans Charity to co-ordinate wreaths being placed on early morning London-bound trains.

    Poppies were put on trains at more than 60 stations, including Penzance, Hereford, Paignton, Swansea, Taunton, Worcester Shrub Hill, Cheltenham Spa, Bristol Temple Meads and Oxford.

    On arrival at Paddington, the wreaths were placed at a war memorial on Platform 1 in time for a remembrance service at 11:00 GMT.

  2. Giant poppy display unveiled in Durham

    BBC Newcastle

    BBC Radio Newcastle

    A display of knitted poppies has been unveiled at Durham town hall.

    The cascade of flowers was created by the City of Durham Parish Council, local businesses, artists and volunteers to honour Remembrance Sunday.

    To make it even more poignant, the large poppies have words printed on them that were taken from letters which soldiers wrote to their loved ones during the War.

    Poppy display
  3. Poppies mark Remembrance Sunday across the South West

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    Knitted poppies in Callington

    Communities across the South West paid their respects on Remembrance Sunday through creative displays of poppies.

    In the East Cornwall town of Callington local people came together to knit and crochet 9,000 poppies that were put on show outside a church.

    A horse sculpture in Crantock was also made out of 7,500 knitted poppies.

    It was named Kenneth after a resident's great grandfather who served in World War Two.

    Knitted poppy structures created by the Crantock community

    A beach cleaning group in Bude made a poppy out of waste found along the South West coastline.

    Poppy made out of waste found on the south west coastline

    And finally in Holsworthy, Devon, a carved tree was inscribed with a poppy to mark the special day.

    Tree carved to mark Remembrance Sunday
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    Video caption: The idea to create poppy window displays has spread nationwide thanks to a Facebook group.
  5. Care home creates Remembrance Day poppy cascade

    Cascade of poppies

    Residents and staff at a Surrey care home have handcrafted a Remembrance Day art installation made with 200 model poppies and a silhouette of a World War One soldier.

    More than 20 people at Huntington and Langham Estate in Hindhead made the cascade of poppies using a variety of techniques including laminations from paintings and flowers created using the bottom of cola bottles.

    Charlie Hoare, director of the care home, said: "Many of the people living here experienced the war, with even more living through the aftermath, including rationing and the post-war rebuilding process.

    "Consequently, we're keenly aware of the sacrifice of previous generations, and we want to do what we can to honour their memory."

    He added: "We're so privileged to be able to hear first-hand stories from the war, and it's important for those who experienced it to be able to talk about it if they wish, particularly if they lost someone close to them.

    "Taking an active involvement in remembering those who have gone before helps to keep their memories alive."

  6. Poppy cascade tumbles after knitters click past target

    A cascade of woollen poppies has been arranged in Kendal Library foyer after local knitters overshot a target to knit one flower for every name on the town's war memorial.

    Library poppy cascade

    The poppies were created by members of staff and volunteers from a "knit and natter" group that gathers regularly at the library in normal times.

    There were to be 485, but once more than 500 were made, a more ambitious display was agreed.

    The library, like others across the county, is operating on limited opening hours, but many services are still being provided.

    With normal Remembrance ceremonies stopped by social distancing requirements, similar efforts are being made in a number of communities to mark the days.

  7. Wind turbine turned into poppy tribute

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News

    A wind turbine in Leicestershire has been lit up in tribute to fallen soldiers ahead of Remembrance Day.

    The 125m-high structure at Swinford Wind Farm had an image of a poppy projected across its blades, with a cascade of poppies running down its tower.

    Energy company Vattenfall, who transformed the turbine, is aiming to raise £10,000 for the Royal British Legion as normal fundraising efforts are hampered by coronavirus and the England-wide lockdown that came into force today.

    Poppy wind turbine
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    Video caption: Covid: Veterans unable to sell poppies during lockdown

    The lockdown in Wales has forced the Royal British Legion to turn to other sources for donations.

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    Video caption: Royal British Legion launches Poppy Appeal from veterans' homes

    The Royal British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal is launching differently due to the Covid pandemic.