Poppy petals to float down from the balcony at Buxton’s Devonshire Dome

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Twenty-five thousand poppy petals will float down from the balcony of the Devonshire Dome on November 11 as students at the University of Derby mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

Uniformed Public Services students from Buxton and Leek College will let the poppy petals float down from the balcony of the Dome as buglers play the Last Post as part of this year’s Act of Remembrance.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Rod Dubrow-Marshall and Lieutenant Colonel Mike Gray, President of the Buxton branch of the Royal British Legion will be taking part, and the bugles will be played by a current and an ex-student of Buxton and Leek College.

After the two-minute silence at 11am, the students will proceed to the war memorial on the Slopes, where the Last Post will be played again, and a student will lay a wreath in the name of the University of Derby and Buxton and Leek College.

“This year’s ceremony has special poignancy because of the Dome’s role as a hospital in the First World War, and also Derbyshire’s amazing contribution to the nation’s commemorations thanks to the hugely successful ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, which were made in Derbyshire and designed by one of our graduates, Paul Cummins,” said a spokesman for the University.

To take part, please arrive at 10.45.