School children from Trinity, Sacred Heart, Badgemore and Valley Road joined together on Wednesday for a special Armistice Day service on Makins Recreation Ground. Each school brought with them a large petal they had made to create a giant poppy.
The teachers from the schools said that the children had enjoyed making their petals although they said “finding a big enough space to lay out the petal and ensuring that it was stiff enough was a challenge.”
The idea of the giant poppy was Councillor David Eggleton who thought of it a couple of years ago. He said, “It was great to finally see the poppy being created and thank you to all the schools and Paula Isaac from the Gainsborough Resident’s Association who helped make it happen.”
John Green, Chairman of Henley and Peppard Royal British Legion, spoke to the children about the history of the poppy and read the poem In Flanders Fields before a two minute silence and the last post was played.
Henley Mayor Councillor Lorraine Hillier attended the event and said: “I would just like to thank all the schools for contributing to this and making such a wonderful poppy.”