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Drighlington pupils plant poppies to remember soldiers

Drighlington Primary School planted poppies at St Paul's Church to remember fallen soldiers from World War One.

Drighlington Primary School planted poppies at St Paul's Church to remember fallen soldiers from World War One.

Pupils from Drighlington Primary School heard the story behind the poppy flower before sowing some seeds at their local church.

Children from the school visited St Paul’s Church as part of work they have been doing to commemorate World War One, learning all about the soldiers who fought, the fields in which they battled.

The church gave the seeds for the children to plant in memory of the brave soldiers, on both sides, who died fighting for their country.

To start their visit they were told how two armies met, mainly in France and Belgium, with eight million men on each side.

They sat and listened to the story behind wild poppies before reading aloud poems they had each written about the Great War.

It was then planting time and after opening their packets of seeds, each child was able to sow them in the flower bed in the churchyard before giving them a good watering.

The pupils were told they would be invited back to the church to see their poppies once they had grown.

The school has been working alongside St Paul’s Church and its congregation to commemorate the centenary of World War One.

The church proudly displays drawings done by pupils of poppies and have made special visits to the school for talks.

Lin and Philip Naylor from St Paul’s Church were two visitors who grabbed the children’s attention and interest with artefacts from the war including a sweetheart’s diary, shell casings and poems written by soldiers away from home.

 

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