Poppy tribute in memory of heroes

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More than 900 Ilkeston students each made a poppy as part of an innovative project to remember those who died in both World Wars.

The poppies were made from red and black wire and have been used to decorate a life-size figure dispersing into a field as part of an installation which is on display at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

Kate Le Prevost, extended services officer at the academy, came up with the idea for the Remembrance Day project and enlisted the help of artist Anna Roebuck.

Kate said: “There were about 15 staff and students who lost their lives in both World Wars and that’s quite a significant number.

“I wanted to honour those people and I thought it was important that the current students were made aware of the wartime history that there is at this school.

“I knew I wanted to do a 3D project involving poppies and although I did go to see the poppy display in London last year that wasn’t really what inspired me, it was more about remembering the former staff and students who died.

“Anna came up with the final idea and she’s been working with students to create the poppies and they’ve really enjoyed it.”

Student Amy Gascoyne, 17, said she thought it was an important project to be involved in.

She said: “I think it’s a really good idea and it’s great that every student has had the chance to be involved. I’m an art student so 
I enjoyed creating my poppy.”