Honouring the fallen with poppy planting

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As part of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the centenary of the First World War, a Carr Hill student has filled school grounds with poppy seeds.

Year 11 Kayleigh Wilson, 16, decided to plant the seeds around the Kirkham-based school as a way of reminding fellow students about the sacrifice made by soldiers.

She said: “I believe it is important to remember the people who have lost their lives while serving our country.

“I wanted to plant the poppies in school to show people that, although we are the younger generation, we still respect and remember the sacrifice those soldiers made for us.

“The poppies will grow around the entrance of the school for all the students, teachers, parents and visitors to see as soon as they come through the gates.

“Everyone will be able to see that, at Carr Hill, we haven’t forgotten.”

Kayleigh, who is an air cadet, was given around 200 free seeds from her parish council in Warton. The council is asking local people to scatter their seeds in their gardens to remind passers-by of the poppy fields of Flanders.

Once Kayleigh received the seeds, she went to the school’s headteacher, Patrick Earnshaw with her idea for the school.

Kayleigh’s local parish lost six members from their village during the First World War, while her father served in the army, and her grandfather served in the RAF.

Mr Earnshaw said: “We are now only a few weeks away from the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, one of the most important and traumatic events in British and world history, the consequences of which are still felt in places like the Middle East.

“I’m delighted our students are so interested in and aware of the centenary year, and want to show their respect to the war generation.

“Carr Hill is proud to honour the sacrifice made by the community the school serves, the poppy seed planting is one of several activities that will mark this important anniversary.”

Future plans for Carr Hill include trips to the battlefields organised by the school’s history department.