Search

Lord Mayor of City of London checks poppy meadow as services mark D-Day landings

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 June 2014

Lord Mayor's consort Nicholas Woolf with the Lord Mayor of the City of London Fiona Woolf at West Ham Park

Lord Mayor's consort Nicholas Woolf with the Lord Mayor of the City of London Fiona Woolf at West Ham Park

Archant

As services were being held to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings the Lord Mayor of the City of London was in Newham to check on a poppy meadow planted by the borough‘s children.

Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of the City of London, toured West Ham Park in Forest Gate to view the City of London Corporation’s WW1 commemoratory poppy bed.

The Lord Mayor is head of the City of London Corporation, which owns and manages West Ham Park. It is taking part in The Centenary Poppy Campaign, a national initiative of the Royal British Legion, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the start of the Great War. The poppy meadow was sown in October 2013 with the help of children from local primary schools.

Fiona Woolf said: “With these poppies we reflect on our great shared loss – and honour the memory of each young man, amongst the millions, who marched away never to return.”

This year, the City Corporation is growing poppies in several parks including West Ham Park, Golders Hill Park, Queen’s Park, and within the Square Mile itself.

Over 16 million people died and over 20 million were wounded in World War I, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. The use of the poppy was inspired by the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. Its opening lines refer to the thousands of poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of the battle fields. The poppies flowering in summer 2014 will commemorate and honour their sacrifice.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham News Stories

09:00

The owner of a long-serving business in Canning Town claims she could be forced to close after 38 years because her vans are too big.

Newham Council
08:00

Could you possibly stay quiet for five days? St Bonaventure’s headboy did exactly that to raise money for charity.

Yesterday, 17:00

Newham Council is raising awareness for tuberculosis on World TB Day, taking place today.

Newham Council
Yesterday, 15:33

A drug dealer from Canning Town with a string of convictions has been jailed for 14 years for stabbing a teenager to death while on bail.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now