Giant poppies appear in Burton Joyce, Gedling and Stoke Bardolph as borough prepares to remember

 Giant poppies appear in Burton Joyce, Gedling and Stoke Bardolph as borough prepares to remember

PICTURED: Trent Valley Councillor Michael Adams attaches a giant poppy to a lamppost

Giant poppies have sprung up in Burton Joyce, Stoke Bardolph and Gedling as the borough prepares for Remembrance Day.

The poppies were put up by local Trent Valley councillors Sam Smith and Michael Adams earlier this week as the nation prepares to remember its war heroes.

The councillors said: “We have decorated the lamp posts around Burton Joyce, Stoke Bardolph and Gedling with poppies to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, to protect our way of life.

PICTURED: Cllr Sam Smith attaches a poppy to a lamp-post

“This year has been a bit different with all that has been happening and we had to adapt as well.

“The British Legion were unable to manufacture street poppies and so it brought forward a plan we had in place for next year. We have brought the wood, cut them out, sanded them, painted them and made our own.

Across Trent Valley, residents are trying to use less plastic to help reduce discarded plastic. We all know the best way to improve our plastic footprint is to use less and this was another way we could further support that.”

Despite not using the British Legion’s giant poppies this year, the charity won’t miss out as the councillors plan to donate the amount they would have spent to the cause.

They added: “The Royal British Legion were fully supportive and even gave us permission to use their design to help us ensure they looked as good as theirs.”

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