Centenary poppy memorial reaches the 10,000 flowers mark

Laying the foundations for the memorial in Witney

An ambitious campaign to make 15,000 poppies for a unique First World War memorial has soared past the 10,000 mark.

Witney Town Council wants to collect the handmade poppies ahead of a special event for the centenary of the war on November 11.

A total of 10,036 have been made at last count, the council said.

The highlight of the town’s remembrance activities will be the ‘poppy mile’, a walkway of handmade poppies that will follow the route soldiers took when heading off to war.

The route will run from the Corn Exchange, along Church Green and through the churchyard to a new memorial at The Leys, the foundations for which were laid this week.

The memorial will consist of a central obelisk, some mosaic artwork, seating and a memorial garden.

Oxford-based mosaic artist Becky Paton has been commissioned by the council to provide the artwork.

Visit tinyurl.com/yacnnmkl for more information on how to contribute to Witney’s First World War commemorative events.

Meanwhile, improvement work on the town’s mini golf at The Leys is complete. This and the Splash Park are open for the season from today.

Fingers crossed the weather improves soon.

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