Poppy Wall returning to Vancouver Quarter

poppy wallA commemorative community mural remembering all those who have fought in conflicts since 1914 will be unveiled in the Vancouver Quarter at the weekend.

Shoppers, families and workers in the town are being encouraged to stick thousands of poppies onto the mural, which will be housed in the former Sue Ryder shop, opposite Poundland and next to Greggs, in Broad Street.

Members of the Royal British Legion’s King’s Lynn branch will voluntarily man the store between 9.30am and 4pm every day from Saturday 24 October to Saturday 7 November.

It is the second time the Vancouver Quarter has housed a commemorative wall. In July 2014 more than 3,000 poppies were placed on a mural designed by then College of West Anglia photography student Lewis Bond to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The event helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion, King’s Lynn, and the same mural will be used again will the hope of completely covering it in poppies.

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter Centre Manager, said: “In 2014 we had a large number of people keen to show their support and pay their respects by sticking a poppy on the wall. We were really keen to run this mural again because it is important that the memory of those who fought and died for freedom continues to live on and is passed on from generation to generation.

“There will be thousands of poppies available to stick on the mural and it would be fantastic if we are able to completely cover the mural before November 7. I would urge anyone, particularly families, who are in King’s Lynn over those two weeks to have a look at the mural, make a donation to the Royal British Legion and stick a poppy.”

David Norman, chairman of the Royal British Legion’s King’s Lynn branch, has thanked to the Vancouver Quarter for the use of the unit during the two-week period. “It is important that we remember all those who fought in all conflicts since 1914,” he added. “The money raised will go a long way to help ex service personnel serving members and there beneficiaries.”

West Norfolk Mayor Colin Manning will place a poppy to officially re-open the mural at 11am on Saturday 24 October.


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