Tiverton Pannier Market Marks Remembrance Day

The display of poppies at the market created by local school children and the community to mark 100 years since the end of the First World WarThe market’s display of poppies created by school children and the community marking 100 years since the end of the First World War

Posted on: 8 November 2018

A display of poppies created by local school children and the community is taking pride of place in Tiverton’s Pannier Market this month.

The display is a joint effort between the market traders and community to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. It will be on show until November 17th.

The market traders contacted schools around the town asking pupils to make and paint their own poppies, to be displayed at the market. There was also a request to the general public for them to either knit or paint poppies via Tiverton Pannier Market’s popular Facebook page.

Alan Ottey, Town Centre Manager, said: “As it was 100 years since the end of the 1st World War, our traders felt it was appropriate to have a display of poppies to remember all those lives lost in wars and conflicts and to recognise the sacrifice they made to give us all the freedom we have. The result was fantastic and there have been thousands of poppies, in some form or other, made and delivered to the market with virtually all the infant and junior schools in the area responding. The public were also great with the art and craft groups contributing well. One lady, who had no means of getting into town, knitted over 50 and the market ensured they got there to be part of the display.”

Marilyn Hall entering the names of her two uncles in the Market's book of remembrance

Marilyn Hall entering the names of her two uncles in the Market’s book of remembrance

In addition artist Jackie Tye, who is currently creating a mural inside the market, added some special commemorative paintings to the display in the central market area. A book of remembrance has also been opened for the community, with the first entry written by Marilyn Hall who wished to remember her two uncles, whom she never knew, who had been killed. One of them died aged15 having lied about his age to join the army.

The display will now stay in place until Saturday November 17th. A visit will be made on Friday 9th at 11am by the Mayor of Tiverton, Cllr Janet Rendle and the Chair of Mid Devon District Council, Cllr Peter Heal.

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