200 poppies for Bridlington War Memorial

Veterans Andrew Vanheerden, Alex Morris, Mike Rubery, June Ash, Eric Hudson and Ken Kearsley at the war memorial. On Wednesday the town council will decorate the railings there with 200 poppies.
Veterans Andrew Vanheerden, Alex Morris, Mike Rubery, June Ash, Eric Hudson and Ken Kearsley at the war memorial. On Wednesday the town council will decorate the railings there with 200 poppies.

Bridlington has officially turned red – and  almost every poppy in town has been sold!

The Free Press campaign Let’s Turn the Town Red, asking people to buy large poppies in honour of the town’s fallen, has met with an incredible response.

And next week Bridlington Town Council plays an important part in it.

It has bought 200 poppies and, on Wednesday at 7pm, the Bridlington War Memorial railings will be decorated with them.

Members of 252 (Bridlington) Squadron Air Training Corps will help at the ceremony.

A spokesperson from the council said: “The town council has purchased the poppies to ensure that the gardens look as good as they possibly can do for the Centenary Remembrance Day service and events.”

Residents, schools, groups and businesses have joined together to ensure the town pays its respects on the centenary of Armistice Day on November 11.

The War Memorial railings will be the latest local landmark to turn red.

The poppies remember the 607 Bridlington men that were estimated to have lost their lives in conflict during the 20th century.

Poppies have been sold for a mimimum donation of £3 to the Royal British Legion and more than 1,000 large poppies are now on display across the town.

The War Memorial commemorates the residents of Bridlington who were killed or missing in World War I and World War II, with their names engraved.