Nuneaton News A stun­ning Town Hall dis­play to mark Great War cen­te­nary

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GI­ANT hand­made poppy num­bers now proudly stand at the en­trance to Nuneaton’s Town Hall as a stun­ning re­minder of the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

They stand at 9ft on each side of the pil­lars at the en­trance to the Town Hall. The re­mem­brance sym­bols are the brain­child of Nuneaton and Bed­worth Mayor, Coun­cil­lor Chris Watkins, who wanted to make sure that the town cen­tre paid homage to the cen­te­nary and to re­mem­ber those who lost their lives. He was in­spired by the in­stal­la­tions at War­wick.

The first cit­i­zen said: “I went to War­wick, saw what they have done there, it looked ab­so­lutely stun­ning and I thought to my­self ‘we need some­thing like that.’”

The first cit­i­zen tasked a florist to come up with a sim­i­lar con­cept but was let down at the last minute.

Step for­ward Nicola Iz­zard of Wil­lows Florist, who agreed to cre­ate the spe­cial cen­te­nary sym­bols.

“I heard from a friend who said he had been let down, so I phoned Chris and of­fered to do it,” ex­plained Mrs Iz­zard, who runs the florists in Wed­ding­ton Road.

“It didn’t sit right with me that the town had noth­ing up for the cen­te­nary, I wanted to make sure that there was some­thing there when the sol­diers march past on Sun­day.”

So, ev­ery sin­gle night for the past week she has been painstak­ingly mak­ing pop­pies out of red cel­lo­phane.

“I have been do­ing it ev­ery night for the past week­end, as soon as I got in from work I have been mak­ing them, my fin­gers are re­ally hurt­ing but I am re­ally proud in the way they have turned out,” she said.

So is the Mayor, who said: “She has done an in­cred­i­ble job, they look amaz­ing on the pil­lars out­side the Town Hall.

“I would like to thank Nicola and the newly re­formed Nuneaton Lions who paid for them. I am so proud that there is some­thing now out­side the Town Hall.”

Ques­tions have been asked about what Nuneaton and Bed­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil is do­ing to mark the cen­te­nary of the end of the Fitrst World War. The Tele­graph put the ques­tion to the Town Hall but, at the time of pub­li­ca­tion, no in­for­ma­tion had been pro­vided.

Nuneaton will, like Bed­worth and Bulk­ing­ton, play home to a Re­mem­brance Sun­day ser­vice this Sun­day.

Mo­torists are be­ing warned that there will be road clo­sures in place to al­low for the pa­rades to take place.

When will the pa­rade and ser­vice start in Nuneaton?10am – Pa­rade starts form­ing up in town cen­tre

10.30am – The civic party moves off from the Town Hall and makes their way to the War Me­mo­rial where they form up and await the Pa­rade

10.35am – The Pa­rade moves off and marches to the park where they form up prior to com­mence­ment of the ser­vice

10.48am – The piper makes his way to the mu­seum steps where an Hon­our Guard are wait­ing with the Books of Re­mem­brance 10.59am - The Ex­hor­ta­tion 11am – Big Ben Chimes fol­lowed by The Last Post, then 2 minute si­lence

Over in Bed­worth, there will be the first ever poppy drop dur­ing a Re­mem­brance Sun­day pa­rade. The pa­rade will form up at the Ex Ser­vice­men’s Club in Rye Piece at 10.35am, ready to march off.

It will then leave the club, head onto Rye Piece to­wards the Coven­try Road Ceme­tery. The ser­vice will take place with hymn, Ded­i­ca­tion for Book of Re­mem­brance and prayers.

At 10.59am the Last Post will be played, fol­lowed by two minute si­lence and then the reveille, wreath lay­ing, poem and hymn.

The pa­rade will then form up and march to All saints Church for a short ser­vice, then marches down High Street, wheels right into King Street, down King Street, round the Pin Is­land and bears right into Rye Piece and back to The Ex-ser­vice­men’s Club.

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