UTTOXETER is set to be splashed with colour as poppies are planted across the town to remember those who bravely fought for King and country in World War One.
Uttoxeter in Bloom has joined forces with the Uttoxeter branch of the Royal British Legion to make plans for the poppies to be planted across the town so they will be ready to bloom by July – 100 years after the start of the Great War.
It has been decided the flower will be planted on the New Road roundabout, incorporated into the town public art roundabouts, Davies Drive Community Park, Pennycroft Community Park, the entrance to Dovefield Retail Park and the embankment in Old Knotty Way.
The project has been funded by East Staffordshire Borough Council and the Uttoxeter in Bloom allocation funding.
Andrew Riley, chairman of the Uttoxeter in Bloom committee, told the Post and Times that Uttoxeter Town Council will be working with the Royal British Legion to help the town remember those who fought and who died in the First World War.
He said: “I think that this is a fitting tribute to those who fought in any conflict and help us remember loved ones and the people around us.
“It will be really colourful and will be part of the celebrations offered by the Royal British Legion to mark the event.
“The Legion will be organising celebrations for the town which will include the formal march through Uttoxeter.”
He added that any other areas residents think would be appropriate for the poppy planting will be considered.
Geoff Morrison, who is a member of the Uttoxeter branch of the legion, added that the charity had been in negotiations with B&Q in Uttoxeter and a percentage of the sales from poppy seeds will be donated to the charity in support of its work.
He said: “It will be a very busy year for the British Legion and we have lots of events planned to mark 100 year since the start of the war.
“I think that it is significant and something that will help us remember.
“Poppies grow on old land which is why they grew on the battlefields after the war.
“After that they just keep coming back.”
The councillor, who represents Uttoxeter on Staffordshire County Council, visited the battlefields of World War One last year to pay his respects and described it has a ‘very moving’ place to have visited.
World War One started in July 1914 and ended on November 11 1918, but saw millions of soldiers lose their life fighting for their country.