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Mildenhall’s poppies blow for centenary

Tony Wheble, chairman of the Mildenhall and district Royal British Legion with president, Derek Last, vice chairman and standard bearer Colin Plowright and treasurer Hilary Last, visit the poppy field ANL-140730-124423001

Tony Wheble, chairman of the Mildenhall and district Royal British Legion with president, Derek Last, vice chairman and standard bearer Colin Plowright and treasurer Hilary Last, visit the poppy field ANL-140730-124423001

Poppies that inspired John McCrae’s poem In Flanders’ Fields, now blow in a corner of Mildenhall’s Douglas Park .

They were planted earlier this year by Forest Heath District Council to mark Monday’s centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Visiting the field, Cllr Tony Wheble, chairman of Mildenhall Royal British Legion , said: “The poppy is a symbol for the bravery, honour and sacrifice made by the young men – many of them still teenagers - who fought in the trenches, who stared into the face of hell.”

MacCrae’s poem, written at the front in May 1915, begins: “In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row,/That mark our place; and in the sky/The larks, still bravely singing, fly/Scarce heard amid the guns below.”

See Friday’s Bury Free Press for details of more events to mark the centenary.

 

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