Poppies sown to mark centenary

6th July 2010'Pontefract St Giles Church'Y5civiccomp
6th July 2010'Pontefract St Giles Church'Y5civiccomp

Poppies were planted in their thousands at St Giles’ Church in an act of remembrance to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Members of the congregation donated packets of poppy seeds to create a colourful display in the south garden of the Pontefract town centre church.

John Colvill, from the church, said: “St Giles’ has a military chapel and Pontefract was a garrison town so it was felt that some commemorative event should take place.

“The poppies will generate a mass of scarlet, which will also brighten up the town during July and August.”

Preparations are also being made for commemorative events on August 4 – the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.

St Giles’ won a Pontefract Civic Society annual design award after a £660,000 revamp.

The work took almost two years to complete and the new west end of the church now has improved access as well as a new reception area, kitchen, community cafe, toilets and meeting rooms.

There is also a new stone floor, with underfloor heating, and the pews have been replaced by new oak chairs.

Poppies were also planted across the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

Schoolchildren, junior soldiers, civic leaders, clergy, faith groups and community organisations at churches and church schools throughout the new diocese, which Wakefield became a part of at Easter, took part in formal planting sessions last week.