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Thousands of poppies planted to mark Great War centenary

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Darren Cooper joined parks boss Councillor Maria Crompton to see the poppies around the cenotaph in Victoria Park, Tipton.

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Darren Cooper joined parks boss Councillor Maria Crompton to see the poppies around the cenotaph in Victoria Park, Tipton.

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THOUSANDS of poppies have been planted in Sandwell's parks, cemeteries and crematoriums to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

More than 8,000 of the familiar red-petalled plants can now be seen in memorial gardens, around park cenotaphs and other flower beds around the borough.

Sandwell Council Leader, Councillor Darren Cooper, joined parks boss Councillor Maria Crompton to see the poppies around the cenotaph in Victoria Park, Tipton.

Cllr Cooper said: "The poppies are a symbol of remembrance and they do look beautiful around the cenotaph.

"Despite the heavy rain we've had recently, the poppies have bounced back and are now in bloom.

"I hope everyone visiting our parks will enjoy the sight of them, and also be reminded of the sacrifice made by the brave men and women who served and died during the First World War."

Councillor Crompton, cabinet member for highways and environment, added: "The staff responsible for planting flowers in our parks are extremely talented and create really thoughtful displays.

"We're very proud to have so many poppies in our parks – they are a fitting tribute to everyone who served in the First World War and other conflicts."

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