Poppies flower across the borough in tribute to heroes of World War One

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Poppies are now flowering across the Bedford area as part of the borough’s efforts to remember those who lost their lives in World War One, as well as other conflicts since.

2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War and Bedford Borough Council, along with many other public and community bodies, are marking the centenary in a number of ways.

Poppies have been sown at various locations throughout the borough and are now starting to bloom in the sunnier, warmer weather. These locations include Goldington Green, Hillgrounds Road (funded by Ward Members Fund), A428 at Turvey, A603 at Willington, A6 near Rushden and A422 at Astwood.

The poppies are the traditional ‘Flanders Poppy’ seeds and are expected to stay in bloom for two to three weeks.

Mayor Dave Hodgson, said: “Poppies are a poignant reminder of all those who have lost their lives, not just in World War One, but in all conflicts at home and abroad.

“These traditional Flanders Poppies are now blooming in wild flowerbeds and green areas, providing another important symbol of remembrance in locations across the borough as we mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One.”

The full list of locations where Flanders Poppy seeds have been sown is as follows:

Goldington Green, along Goldington Road

Hillgrounds Road, Walkway from Hillgrounds Road to Addison Howard Park

A6, Rushden

B660, Pertenhall

A603, Willington

A600, near Haynes

A6, Houghton Conquest

B530, Kempston Hardwick

A422, Astwood

A428, Turvey