School children from local primary schools gathered on the Dovercourt cliff slopes beneath the Minesweepers Memorial to create a living memorial marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. Harwich Town Council has purchased 9 million poppy seeds to create the floral tribute and the area of land was prepared for the sowing of the seeds by Tendring District Council. The Minesweepers Memorial was erected in 1919 and it is intended that the sea of poppies on the cliff slopes beneath it will create an annual reminder and living memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Mayor and Mayoress of Harwich were present along with members of Harwich Town Council and TDC’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment to watch as pupils from All Saints, Chase Lane, Harwich Community, Mayflower, St Joseph’s, Spring Meadow and Two Village Primary schools scattered the poppy seeds accompanied by the drum corps of the Harwich Royal British Legion.
The idea for the living memorial was the brainchild of Harwich Town Councillor, Malcolm Nicholson, and the project was overseen by his Town Council colleague, Cllr Charlie Powell. Cllr Charlie Powell says, “From the moment Malcolm Nicholson told us of his idea it caught everyone’s imagination. The sea of poppies beneath the Minesweepers Memorial will provide a lasting living tribute and having it created by local school children offers a very positive message for the future. Harwich Town Council is delighted to have been able to bring this about.”
For further information please contact Cllr Charlie Powell on 01255 506206
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