Help Gosport Borough Council plant field of poppies for service

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PAYING your respect at a remembrance service usually means wearing a poppy.

But Gosport Borough Council is inviting residents to plant poppy seeds this Armistice Day as well.

As reported, councillors are planning to create a field of remembrance in the Alver Valley ahead of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War next year.

Veteran Cllr Derek Kimber is the council’s Armed Forces Champion.

He said: ‘The aim is to plant the seeds on November 11 this year, so that next year, on August 4, the poppies will be in flower to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War, an event we must never forget.’

To join in, meet at the roundabout at the junction of Fitzroy Drive and Cherque Way, in Lee-on-the-Solent on Monday at 10.50am.

A remembrance service will be held at 11am and the planting will start at 11.10am and finish at 1.30pm.

The council will provide the poppy seeds. If bringing your own, you must bring field poppies, Papaver Rhoeas.