New Poppy Appeal Sculpture

An interactive ‘Centenary Poppy Sculpture’ will be unveiled at CrownGate Shopping Centre in Worcester on Thursday 27th October, marking the start of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The sculpture – honouring the one million UK and Commonwealth service men and women who lost their lives during the First World War, will be positioned in Chapel Walk at CrownGate.

At 12pm, the Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Paul Denham, will launch the Appeal, and place the first poppy on the sculpture, before inviting everyone to join him in the interactive act of remembrance. People can buy a commemorative poppy from members of the Royal British Legion and add their own message before placing it on the sculpture.

poppy-appeal-sculpture-at-another-centre2Members of the Worcester City Branch of the Royal British Legion will also be present, including the standard bearer. Allan Poyner, Branch Chairman RBL Worcester City Branch (POA Worcester City) said: “CrownGate has always been very generous in supporting the annual poppy appeal, and we’re really excited to see the addition of a sculpture this year, bringing remembrance to the forefront of people’s minds”.

The sculpture has space for up to 3,000 poppies and was created by the award-winning artist Mark Humphrey. He said “I wanted to create a low cost, easy to install commemoration sculpture that brings home to the public the great sacrifices that were made 100 years ago.

“The sculpture will inspire the community to mark the centenary of World War One. It will create a space for the public to reflect and remember those soldiers who lost their lives not just then but as a result more recent conflict.”

Erica Burlace, Centre Manager for CrownGate Shopping Centre, said: “This sculpture allows everyone to pay their own personal tribute to those who lost their lives, serving our wonderful country and we are delighted to be able to provide this interactive piece of art to commemorate their efforts”.

Poppies will be available from Chapel Walk (by House of Fraser, Debenhams and Boots, towards the Food Quarter) and Friary Walk (next to Ryman and Mothercare) until 12th November, with the commemorative poppy on display until 14th November.

This is the time of year that The Royal British Legion raises funds from the poppy appeal, which is used to support ex-service personnel in so many ways. All donations received from the sale of the poppies will go directly to the Worcester City branch of the Royal British Legion.00060-cro-poppy-appeal-logo-2016-twitter-cover-1500x500px_final-191016