Wakefield Cathedral to create memorial inspired by poppies at Tower of London

The Poppy Sculpture 'The Wave' is installed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The Poppy Sculpture 'The Wave' is installed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Wakefield Cathedral wants to create a field of poppies inspired by the memorial at the Tower of London.

The ceramic poppies crafted for the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red art installation marked the centenary of the First World War.

Volunteers installed 888,246 hand-made poppies – each representing a British and colonial soldier who died during the battle.

And a section of the commemorative poppies are currently on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Wakefield Cathedral wants churches and community groups to knit poppies for its own display for Remembrance Day.

They will cover the south door entrance and the steps of the cathedral for the Remembrance Service at 11am on November 11.

The Dean of Wakefield Jonathan Greener said: “It is so important that we all remember, not just to honour those who died for our freedom but so we all learn lessons for the way we live our lives today.

“Remembering is something the church can help our country to do and at the cathedral we invite the whole community to knit poppies for this very important season.”

The cathedral is asking for poppies of all shapes and sizes. They can be knitted, crocheted or crafted and made from any material.

And they must be delivered to the cathedral by November 10.

The poppies will form a display inside the nave before being sold off to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

For more information call Wakefield Cathedral’s community learning manager Tracey Yates on 01924 373923.