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Let's turn the town red as a tribute to Bridlington's heroes

The Free Press is urging the Bridlington community to show its support for a new campaign to ensure the town pays its respects on the centenary of Armistice Day in a very public way.

We are launching the Turn The Town Red appeal to try to get large poppies scattered all over the town as a striking way of remembering the fallen.

This Saturday will see 100 days until the country marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Bridlington lost an estimated 607 men in conflict in the 20th century and we would be proud if the town could display one poppy for each of the town’s heroes.

With the help of our readers, we hope to be able to be able to put the symbols on all of the local landmarks and all around the town centre.

Bridlington veterans at the war memorial

Bridlington veterans at the war memorial

Why we are running this campaign

To mark the 100th anniversary, the Royal British Legion is selling large plastic poppies which can be attached to fences and railings.

In Bridlington, the large poppies are available for a minimum donation of £3 to the legion, from:

The Old Ship Inn in St John Street

Bridlington Town Council office in Quay Road

Bridlington Spa box office.

While we appreciate people would like to buy a poppy to display at home, we would ask everyone to consider donating an extra £3.

We are also asking businesses to consider a donation of £30, to buy 10 poppies, some for their company’s premises and donating the remainder to our campaign team, and we will acknowldge support in the newspaper.

A group of representatives from the Free Press, Bridlington Town Council and the local branch of the legion will then be responsible for distributing them to local schools and organisations and putting them up in high-profile public places.

Cllr Liam Dealtry, a former mayor of Bridlington, has helped the Free Press to devise the campaign.

He said: “This is a brilliant idea and gives Bridlington the chance to unite as a community and create something special which we will remember for many years to come.

“I hope residents will support it.”

The Free Press will keep readers updated of how our attempts are going to reach our 607 target.

Further details about how Bridlington is planning to mark Armistice Day this year will be revealed at a later date.