Poppy project to commemorate war heroes

Photo of (L-R) Ann-Marie Graham, Raven Baker, Emily Coyne at Wigan Youth Zone

Young people in Wigan Borough are putting their creative skills to use as part of a project to celebrate the World War One centenary.

Wigan Youth Zone has joined other community groups, schools and organisations across the borough to make poppies from used plastic bottles which will be displayed at Wigan Parish Church in November.

The project is being coordinated by Wigan Council as part of this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations.

Along with the poppy display there will be ‘There but not There’ bench silhouettes installed thanks to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust programme that funded the costs of up to 10 silhouettes for schools, community groups, places of worship and local charities.

The youth zone have collected hundreds of plastic bottles for the upcycling project and started work to create the poppies last week.

Sue Shearer, Libor Project Coordinator at Wigan Youth Zone said: “Here at Wigan Youth Zone, we are passionate about supporting armed forces families in Wigan, offering them free Youth Zone membership and targeted events through our Libor funding. The Poppy Project is another great opportunity for us to show our support and get young members involved with the Centenary commemorations – we can’t wait to see the finished article.”

Councillor Clive Morgan, lead member for armed forces at Wigan Council, said: “We’re committed to supporting the armed forces community in Wigan Borough and want this year to be truly memorable for our veterans and their families.

“There is lots of great work ongoing in communities ahead of Remembrance Day and I look forward to seeing it all come together. It’s brilliant to have the youth zone on board and to see our young people making their contribution to the commemorations.”