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Poppies have been planted by the All Saints Operatic Society to commemorate 100 years of the start of World War One as well as their forthcoming production of Oh What A Lovely War.

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Members and supporters of All Saints' Operatic Society planting poppy seeds on the Westwood Road Recreational Grounds in Leek.

  • The team planting poppy seeds at Ball Haye Green Recreational Grounds. From the left, Jean Pointon, Councillor Margaret Lovatt, and Judy Herbert.

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Members of an operatic society have been getting green-fingered to honour those who lost their lives in battle.

The All Saints' Operatic Society, which is based in Leek, will be presenting its rendition of 'Oh What A Lovely War!' at St Edward's Academy later this month.

To mark the production, and the centenary of the start of the First World War later this year, the society have been planting poppy seeds at two recreational areas in Leek.

Jean Pointon, a long-serving member of the society, said: "Some time ago a member of Leek All Saints' Operatic Society suggested that as the Society's 2014 show was 'Oh, What a Lovely War!' it might be a nice idea to plant some poppies somewhere.

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"Poppies grew in profusion in the fields of Flanders where many of the battles of the First World War were fought, and became the symbol of remembrance for those who died in that war and all subsequent conflicts.

"So we thought it was a good idea to plant poppy seeds in remembrance.

"An approach was made to Bridge End Garden Centre, which generously agreed to donate the poppy seeds.

"Each member of the society then contributed towards the purchase of compost and permission was sought and obtained to carry out the planting on both of the recreation grounds.

A group of society members, who were joined by group supporters Joan Whilock and Samantha Morson, to plant some of the seeds on the Westwood Road Recreation Grounds.

The rest of the seeds were planted at the Ball Haye Green Recreation Grounds, with the help of Councillor Margaret Lovatt.

Mrs Pointon added: "Hopefully in summer a little splash of blood red will appear at the two sites as a reminder of the sacrifices that have been made since 1914 by members of the armed forces.

"We hope that other groups might pick up on the idea and over the next four years plant their own poppies so that the people of Leek will have a constant reminder of those who gave so much.

"At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."

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