The spectacular display of hand-made poppies is available to view in St. Mary’s Church every day from 10am to 4pm until December 9th.
The display has been organised by a volunteer group, ‘Warwick Poppies 2018’, who wanted to mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in WWI with a poppy for every one of the 11,610 members of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died in the conflict.
Responding to the appeal, organisations, schools, and families from Warwick and far beyond have been busy knitting, crocheting or making poppies out of felt, cardboard, metal and more. The target was soon exceeded and when the commemoration was unveiled on October 5th, there were an amazing 62,438 poppies decorating the church. Many were sent from abroad by family members living in Australia, the USA, Canada and even Malawi.
On November 11th there will be a special ceremony at the War Memorial at 6 a.m. to mark the moment the Armistice was signed.” Local piper Andy Walker will play the tune “When the Battles O’er” and further pieces in St. Mary’s Church in front of the poppy display. And in the evening there will be a special performance of Durufle Requiem against the poppy backdrop.
Any money raised by the exhibition will be shared equally between the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and St. Mary’s Church.