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Sowing the seeds of remembrance

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THEY came in bright red coats, and they left having literally sown the seeds of a field of bright red flowers.

A dozen Chelsea pensioners visited the Lakeside office development at North Harbour to scatter the seeds for a field of poppies.

About 20 youngsters from the Tops Day Nursery joined the men from Chelsea for the ceremony.

Chelsea pensioner Don Crassweller, 76, said he was delighted to take part in the ceremony, particularly because it was so close to Havant where he grew up.

Mr Crassweller said poppies had always had a special significance and served to help keep the memory of the First World War alive.

He said: ‘At the end of the war they decided that poppies should be the emblem and we’ve carried on ever since.

‘I’ve collected almost every year all over the country for the Poppy Appeal.’

The group chose to scatter the poppies on March 21 as it was the anniversary of the German offensive of 1918, which left 1,000 dead on both sides.

However, by late April of that year the threat of a German breakthrough had passed.

The Chelsea pensioners are a group of former servicemen and women who live at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

 

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