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Poppy seeds handed out to plant town red

Members of Stapleford Community Group handing out free poppy seeds to residents for WW1 centenary celebrations, pictured are Carol Wheatley, John Longdon, Donna Mather, Danni MacRae, Richard MacRae and Linda MacRae

Members of Stapleford Community Group handing out free poppy seeds to residents for WW1 centenary celebrations, pictured are Carol Wheatley, John Longdon, Donna Mather, Danni MacRae, Richard MacRae and Linda MacRae

More than 1,000 packets of poppy seeds have been handed out to Stapleford residents ahead of World War One centenary commemorations.

The Stapleford Community Group gave out over 400 packs this weekend and asked people to get out in the garden on Sunday as part of their Plant the Town red campaign.

Group chairman, Richard MacRae, said: “It’s amazing that we’ve given as many as we have anyway and it’s great to know that so many people have got involved.

“We asked people to get planting on Sunday so that the poppies are out in August when we have a programme of commemorative events taking place.

“That means that there were a thousand families out planting poppy seeds this weekend which is lovely to think.”

The seeds are being handed out in line with the start of events that will mark 100 years since the start of the Great War.

People up and down the country are expected to be taking part in the planting poppies scheme.

Last week 60 pupils at William Lilley Primary School in Stapleford got green fingered and planted more than 1,000 seeds in the school’s grounds.

Richard gave a talk about the scheme and was joined at the school by governor and Stapleford Councillor Dave Pearson.

Richard said: “Thanks to the children at William Lilley for kindly inviting us along it was a great pleasure.”

 

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