Published: November 5, 2020 10:58 am

Primary school children from Pontefract Academies Trust have made around 200 poppies to be displayed opposite Valley Gardens in Pontefract Town Centre for all to come and see and mark Rememberance Day on the 11th November.

The idea behind this was to help all the chidren to learn the meaning behind Remembrance Sunday, Armistice Day, and the significance of the ceremonies and the poppy symbol in a creative and thought provoking way. Pontefract Academies Trust are working in partnership with Pontefract Civic Society who have created the display which will be available for all to see from the 5th until 18th November.

The schools that took part are Halfpenny Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School; Orchard Head Junior, Infant and Nursery School; De Lacy Primary School; Carleton Park Junior and Infant School; Larks Hill Junior and Infant School; The Rookeries Junior, Infant and Nursery School, who are all part of Pontefract Academies Trust.

Chief Executive Officer of Pontefract Academies Trust, Julian Appleyard OBE said, “We’re incredibly proud to be involved in this tribute to all the fallen soldiers since World War 1 which was 102 years ago.  It really has and continues to be a memorable project for all the children, staff, parents and even grandparents to be involved in and has certainly sparked great discussions in all our classrooms and at home too which is so pleasing to hear.”

Phil Cook, Vice Chair at Pontefract Civic Society said, “Collaborating with young children is a great way to demonstrate the importance of this day. We’re very grateful to the children and staff at Pontefract Academies Trust for their contribution to our poppy display.”

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