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Sunshiners make poppies to remember the fallen

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HANDMADE poppies and a wreath were taken to the Smith Street war memorial yesterday by members of the Sunshine pre-school and nursery.

Children from Sunshine Nursery and Pre-School with poppies they have made for the Smith Street War Memorial. They are pictured with Graham Williams, left, and president of the Royal British Legion, Major Bob Place. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 23050495)

‘We’ve been talking a little bit about the soldiers and that we are making the poppies to remember them,’ said room leader of the toddler group Nikki Anderson.

‘The children thought it was nice that they were making the poppies for other people.

‘They saw it as though they are leaving them a present,’ she said.

Four three-year-olds in the pre-school made and decorated individual paper poppies which they stuck in the fields alongside other Remembrance crosses.

Ahead of Remembrance Day on Sunday, the ‘jelly beans’ in the nursery worked together to make a wreath out of paper plates which they painted as poppies.

President of the Royal British Legion Bob Place said: ‘It’s important that the children come down and learn about [the history].

‘They will be the ones keeping the memory alive and carrying it on.’

Mr Place said there has been a lot of interest this year, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War. Armistice Day lines up with Remembrance Sunday on 11 November this year.

The Sunshine nursery wreath will be laid with others on the dedicated field of remembrance on Sunday. The traditional parade leaves the Town Arsenal just after 10.30am, arriving at the memorial at 10.45am.

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