Framed poppies on display in shop front

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The gradual installation of ceramic poppies at the Tower Of London was one of the biggest artistic attractions in the capital last year.

And for those who were lucky enough to buy a flower afterwards, getting it expertly framed is a way of preserving it for generations to come.

Bedford’s Art Centre and Gallery are currently displaying four of the blooms which have come in for framing.

Manager Maureen Cerri said each poppy has been put in a bespoke box frame.

She said: “The background image is a print provided by our framer, with the matching mount.

“The customers have been happy to lend them to us for a few weeks. We have had people come in and ask if they are for sale, but unfortunately, they are not.”

The poppies formed part of the 888,246 flowers installed in the Tower’s famous moat as part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation.

The work was displayed from July 17 to November 11, 2014, to mark 100 years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

Created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, each one represented a British military fatality in the conflict.

Money raised from the sale of the poppies went to six charities which support the armed services.

The Art Centre and Gallery is in Howard Street, Bedford. Call 01234 344784.