The poppies of Bracknell

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The poppies of Bracknell

08 October 2014

Areas across Bracknell are being decorated with giant poppies marking a century since Britain declared war on Germany.

Based on the Remembrance Day poppies, the 25 giant versions have been commissioned for locations across the borough by Bracknell Forest Council, including one which has been placed outside Bracknell & Wokingham College.

Joining us for the erection of the poppy was Councillor Tony Virgo and Councillor Dorothy Hayes, both from Bracknell Forest Council; and BBC’s South Today also visited to film the occasion.

The poppies will not be accompanied by information telling the onlooker what they are there for, encouraging thought-provoking conversations as to their purpose.

Cllr Tony Virgo, said:

“You don’t have to explain everything and I think sometimes things are over-explained and it gets boring. I believe they will be iconic and who knows, it may create more interest in using spaces like roundabouts in a creative way.”

Cllr Dorothy Hayes, and ex-college Corporation (our board of Governors) member, chose the college as a suitable site due to its iconic status within the town:

“The poppy is a piece of art, and one that we hope will get young people to think and to consider what the meaning is behind this, or any of the poppies, when they see them.”

Vice Principal Resources, Simon Diegan, believes the display to be an important addition to the college:

“Being right in the heart of the town, our college is perfectly placed to hold such an iconic symbol for the local community to see and to enjoy.”

Watch the raising of the poppy here or see photos from the day on Bracknell & Wokingham’s Facebook page.

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