Honour your war hero with a ceramic poppy

Residents can now book their place on the ceramic poppy workshops.
Residents can now book their place on the ceramic poppy workshops.

Organisers of a major event to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One are looking for people who would like to commemorate their war hero by creating a ceramic poppy.

The poppies will form part of the display at the Garden of Remembrance for Remember, Rejoice – a prestigious Flower Festival which will take place over the weekend of 14 September at All Saints Church, Pocklington.

Organisers are particularly hoping to contact relatives of those who are named on the memorial plaque for World War 1 in Pocklington Church to take part – but it could also be any relative, friend or even neighbour involved in a conflict in the last 100 years.

The ceramic poppies will be made at workshop sessions on Wednesday 11 April and Wednesday 18 April at 2pm or 7pm in the church.

A festival spokesman said: “Components are supplied and they are very easy to construct with much of them being pre-prepared.

“You can then mark the back of your flower with your hero’s name. You will be able to keep your flower after the festival is over and the cost is only £3 per poppy.”

A committee, comprising nationally acclaimed floral artist Andrew Grisewood as overall designer, Rev Geoff Hollingsworth, Pocklington Town Council, and members of the Flower Club, is planning to showcase 42 floral displays at the church.

Outstanding floral artists from the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies across the north of England have agreed to create exhibits for the festival.

The festival commemoration will raise funds for the Royal British Legion and the church.

Any interested party can book a place on the workshops at the church office or by calling 01759 306045 or 07702 349199.

l If you would like to sponsor one of the amazing displays in the church there’s still the opportunity to do so.

Call Christopher Dodd on 01759 319412 for further information about sponsorship.