Pontefract Civic Society is proud to say that the poppy display is up on Pontefract Town Hall. This has been brought together by Pontefract Decoration Squad which operates under the civic society, with contributions from various individuals and community groups including The Barracks Community Association, Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens, Families and Babies (FAB), Pontefract Heritage Group, Thornycroft, pupils from St Giles C of E Academy, The Princes Trust (Pontefract), Pontefract Lioness Club, Featherstone Brownies & Guides, and civic society members.

Phil Cook, civic society Vice Chair who coordinated the project said, “This was one of my proudest moments following an overwhelming level of community support. We were also supported by local businesses Tracked Spider Solutions, Crown estate agents, Michelle’s Flowers, Pontefract Library, and Wakefield Council. It was humbling to see, and the poppies at the bottom have the names of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us”.

A second display of a further 200 poppies has been assembled by pupils from Pontefract Academies Trust schools, which has been installed on Valley Road. The idea behind this was to help all the children to learn the meaning behind Remembrance Sunday, Armistice Day, and the significance of the ceremonies and the poppy symbol in a creative and thought provoking way. Pontefract Academies Trust worked in partnership with Pontefract Civic Society and further joint work on other projects will follow. The schools that took part are Halfpenny Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School; Orchard Head Junior, Infant and Nursery School; De Lacy Primary School; Carleton Park Junior and Infant School; Larks Hill Junior and Infant School; The Rookeries Junior, Infant and Nursery School, who are all part of Pontefract Academies Trust.

Chief Executive Officer of Pontefract Academies Trust, Julian Appleyard OBE said, “We’re incredibly proud to be involved in this tribute to all the fallen soldiers since World War 1 which was 102 years ago.  It really has and continues to be a memorable project for all the children, staff, parents and even grandparents to be involved in and has certainly sparked great discussions in all our classrooms and at home too which is so pleasing to hear.”

Phil Cook went onto say, “Collaborating with young children is a great way to demonstrate the importance of this day. We’re very grateful to the children and staff at Pontefract Academies Trust for their contribution to our poppy display. This display compliments the other display on the town hall and truly shows our communities gratitude to our services.”

Other activities will see the civic society Facebook page virtual event on 8th November, there’s been a £150 donation to the local RBL branch from ale sales via Amanda Johnson and Dave Dobson at The Old Grocers, and civic society chair, Paul Cartwright has registered for the Royal British Legion’s 10K Tommy run (a national campaign), where he’s run 40K over 4 weeks raising £375 so far, donations are still welcome.

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