Beautiful poppy display created outside Buxton primary school

A striking poppy display has been placed outside St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Buxton.
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The moving monument features a cascade of over a hundred of the red flowers - each individually-cut and handmade from a table cloth by staff members at the school.

Beside the poppies sits a cutout of two soldiers and a Union Flag in the background - while two doves represent the peace that came with the armistice.

Joe Delli-Colli, 63, who helped build the display, told how it would serve as a memorial not just to the First World War fallen but to those who served in every conflict since.

Head boy and head girl Ben Fletcher-Wells and Esme ThomsonHead boy and head girl Ben Fletcher-Wells and Esme Thomson
Head boy and head girl Ben Fletcher-Wells and Esme Thomson

He said: “We decided to do it to get the children to understand what soldiers in these conflicts went through.

“We wanted to spark in the kids’ minds how much these people gave - that they gave their lives.”

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Standing next to the beautiful display in a photo are the school’s head boy and head girl Ben Fletcher-Wells and Esme Thomson.

Hannah Tarplee, chair of the school’s friends committee told how Ben had completed a sponsored walk of 11 miles - raising a magnificent £580 for The Royal British Legion.

She said: “Thank you Ben for thinking about how you can help others who are less fortunate than ourselves – we’re very proud of you.”

Speaking about the monument she said: “We wanted to create a display for children, parents and passers-by to stop for a moment and think about the millions who sacrificed their own lives for our freedom.”

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