School pupils create carpet of red poppies in touching tribute to heroes of Great War

Poppies at Holywell School, Cranfield.
Poppies at Holywell School, Cranfield.

A school which co-ordinated a convoy of 10 coaches to Belgium to pay tribute to those who died in the Great War has created another touching tribute to mark Remembrance Day.

Cranfield’s Holywell C of E Middle School has created a carpet of red ceramic poppies which echoes the display attracting visitors worldwide to the Tower of London. Every member of the school – pupils and staff – has created their own poppy as part of this Sea of Red.

The poppies start at a pair of hanging soldier’s boots and tumble down a wall and across a lawn to a series of Christian, Muslim, Sikh and non-religious British Legion memorial markers.

The school will be welcoming various visitors during Remembrance Day to share in this thought-provoking installation.

The display comes weeks after Holywell Middle and others from the ‘Wootton Family of Schools’ travelled to Belgium to pay tribute to those who died at Yypres in the first world war and to recall those who have given their lives in other conflicts.

There were 440 students and 46 adults in the 26 September party, which also represented Wootton Upper and Lower, Marston Vale Middle, Broadmead Lower, Church End Lower, Lakeview and Cranfield Academy.

This week Holywell head, Peter Haddon, said: I am enormously proud of the way our students have this year reflected on the suffering, sacrifice and destruction that happened in the past to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.

“I stand in absolute awe at the carpet of poppies the children and teachers have created and how our Art department has created such a unique experience. The installation may not be as big at the one in London, but it has been done by children as young as nine and adults as old as 62 – and with absolute dedication. The thoughtfulness displayed by our children as they laid down their poppies was especially inspirational.”