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Pupils to Scatter Poppy Seeds at Royal Tree-Planting

Published Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Pupils from Grindleton CE Primary School will scatter poppy seeds during a Royal tree-planting ceremony at Clitheroe Castle next Wednesday (26 November).

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent will plant an oak tree in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle on Wednesday 26 November, marking the centenary of the start of the First World War.

And afterwards Grindleton pupils Phoebe Smalley, Robert Sutcliffe and Rebecca Aldington will scatter poppy seeds around the fledgling tree.

From 4 August 2014, the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, until 11 November 2018, the anniversary of the official ceasefire, or Armistice Day, communities across the world are uniting to remember those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has planted oak trees in 40 villages in memory of the hundreds of young Ribble Valley men who lost their lives during the Great War.

An oak was planted on the Grindleton Playing Field in September in a moving ceremony attended by pupils, parish councillors and villagers. The pupils also established a commemorative poppy garden in their school grounds.

Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson, who has spearheaded the tree-planting scheme, said: "We are all connected to the First World War through our family history, the fallen in our local communities, or its long-term impact on society.

“I am delighted that so many parishes have supported the tree-planting campaign and helped to create a ‘living’ memorial to the borough’s brave young men and their loved ones.

“I am particularly delighted that the Grindleton school pupils are to scatter poppy trees around the tree during the Royal visit.”

Maureen Stansfield, head teacher at Grindleton CE Primary School, added: “The poppies act as a visual reminder that we must never forget the horrors of war and the debt we owe to serving and past serving soldiers.

“The pupils are really excited to be meeting the duke and looking to taking part in the tree-planting ceremony.”

The First World War claimed the lives of 16million people across the world and had a huge impact on those who experienced it.

As Ribble Valley came into being in 1974, precise records of the number of fallen in the borough do not exist, but it is believed to be around 1,000.

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