Portsmouth school recreates its own Tower of London poppies

Dana Baldean, 10, Daniel Castor, 10, and Elizabeth Loveres, 10, among the poppies. Picture: Sarah Standing (143095-6212)
Dana Baldean, 10, Daniel Castor, 10, and Elizabeth Loveres, 10, among the poppies. Picture: Sarah Standing (143095-6212)
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CHILDREN have recreated their own version of the Tower of London’s iconic poppies installation.

Pupils at St John’s Catholic Primary School in Landport, Portsmouth, made poppies out of salt dough. They are selling them for £1 each and all the profits are going to the Royal British Legion.

Every youngster from the nursery up to Year 6 made one. It meant around 240 poppies surrounded the outside of the school when they were put on display.

It is all part of the commemorations to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Year 6 teacher Sophie Bennett said: ‘We were inspired by the poppies at the Tower of London.

‘We thought it would be nice to recreate our own.

‘Each child has done one to represent a soldier who died in the First World War.

‘We had an assembly about the war. To them I think it made it a bit real. They have seen it on the television with the poppies in London and it made them feel more involved and be a part of the remembrance.

‘We want to inspire the next generation to remember.

‘We have had lots of people outside who have been stopping to take photos. When you walk past it’s quite visual for people to stop and see all these red poppies.’