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Pupils' poppies in Oakham Castle display

The poppies that Oakham’s Lower School pupils helped to create, as part of the Rutland Poppy Project, can now be seen in the magnificent display in the grounds of Oakham Castle.

The whole of Rutland’s community have come together to contribute to this special project commemorating the centenary of the end of WW1. Primary schools, care homes, Rutland Memorial Hospital and other institutions from across the county have produced in excess of 10,000 poppies, which form the historic display. At the end of the exhibition the poppies will be sold to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

Teacher of Art 3D, Vladimir Pamihov, who helped the project organisers use the school kiln for the final glaze firing of some of the poppies said, “We are so pleased to be involved in this historic community project. The process has helped the pupils connect with Remembrance Day and the display is incredible and very moving.”

Every year Form 3 students learn more about the First World War during their History visit to the Battlefields and the extraordinary memorials at Thiepval and Vimy Ridge. During their trip, it is Oakhamian tradition for the pupils and staff to hold a brief service of remembrance at the grave of Old Oakhamian Jack Dewar, who died during the Battle of the Somme.

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