Unique display marks the Centenary of the end of World War 1
A Community Garden featuring 2000 red ceramic poppies made by hundreds of children from 25 schools across Southend will be unveiled at London Southend Airport at 11am on Thursday 8 November 2018.
The dramatic installation on the lawn in front of the terminal building will be in the shape of the Common Poppy with its four large petals, each consisting of 500 hand-crafted poppies mounted on green bamboo sticks.
The Poppy Garden is extended inside the terminal with a huge tapestry made by recycling discarded red t-shirts, created by artist Ali Ward and pupils from Kingsdown Special School.
The Commemorative Community Poppy Garden is a special dedication to remember the fallen of Southend and Rochford, who lived and served their country in its time of need a century ago. It is located at London Southend as the airport was first established during First World War as RAF Rochford.
JOURNALISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND FILM CREWS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND ON THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER
From 10:30am - Guests arrive – including local dignitaries, VIP’s and school children involved
11:00am - The Last Post, The Exaltation and 1 minute’s silence
11:20am - Welcome by Glyn Jones, CEO London Southend Airport
11:25am - Unveiling of RAF Memorial Plaque
11:30am - Introduction to the Poppy Display by Blade Education
11:35am - Introduction to the Poppy Tapestry by Ali Ward
11:40 - Press call and photograph opportunity
WHERE - Please come to the main entrance to the terminal building. Parking is directly opposite the building.
HOW – Please RSVP to Tracy Jones - firstname.lastname@example.org