Hundreds of poppies to be planted across Bolton to commemorate World War One

Poppies grow in Flanders Fields

Council leader Cliff Morris

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

HUNDREDS of poppies will bloom across Bolton to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One.

Bolton Council has announced it will provide community groups, schools and residents associations bags of seeds to plant ahead of the borough-wide remembrance services later this year.

The plans have already been backed by Bolton Veterans Association and Bolton Parish Church, who will be planting poppy seeds in its church yard in Silverwell Street.

Leader of the council Cllr Cliff Morris launched the scheme at Heaton Fold Garden Centre, where groups will be able to drop in and pick up the seeds throughout April.

He said by planting the Flanders poppy seeds — the symbol associated with World War One — people will take a moment to remember the sacrifices made by soldiers and civilians during the conflict.

He added: “It’s a great idea. By seeing these poppy fields across the borough, it will help us to remember World War One and all those who died.

“We will see poppy fields spring up in schools, cemeteries, parks and many other community spaces across Bolton.”

Each of the 50g bags of seeds cover up to 25 square metres, with hundreds of flowers blooming as a result.

In the early months of World War One, raging battles on the Western Front in northern France tore up the ground, meaning the poppy was the only flower to grow. The flower became a lasting symbol of the conflicts after Canadian surgeon John McCrae wrote the poem In Flanders Fields and it came to represent remembrance of those who gave their lives in sacrifice to their country.

The poppy was formally adopted by the Royal British Legion as a symbol of the Poppy Appeal after its formation in 1921.

A range of remembrance events are planned throughout 2014 to recognise the centenary of World War One, including exhibitions at Bolton Museum, a large service for Armed Forces Day in June and a commemorative service for the start of the conflict in Victoria Square in August.

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11:18am Sat 5 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

It Amazes Me We Plant Poppies To Commemorate The Terrible Slaughter Of A War That Many People Don't Know What It Was For. Yet Invest On Missiles That Slaughter. Well I Suppose Its All GOD's Fault.
It Amazes Me We Plant Poppies To Commemorate The Terrible Slaughter Of A War That Many People Don't Know What It Was For. Yet Invest On Missiles That Slaughter. Well I Suppose Its All GOD's Fault. Gore Seer
  • Score: -32

12:41pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Sallymc says...

Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY!
Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY! Sallymc
  • Score: 22

1:19pm Sat 5 Apr 14

soup153 says...

Gore Seer wrote:
It Amazes Me We Plant Poppies To Commemorate The Terrible Slaughter Of A War That Many People Don't Know What It Was For. Yet Invest On Missiles That Slaughter. Well I Suppose Its All GOD's Fault.
Gods just an for greed and power.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: It Amazes Me We Plant Poppies To Commemorate The Terrible Slaughter Of A War That Many People Don't Know What It Was For. Yet Invest On Missiles That Slaughter. Well I Suppose Its All GOD's Fault.[/p][/quote]Gods just an for greed and power. soup153
  • Score: -2

6:58pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

soup153 wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
It Amazes Me We Plant Poppies To Commemorate The Terrible Slaughter Of A War That Many People Don't Know What It Was For. Yet Invest On Missiles That Slaughter. Well I Suppose Its All GOD's Fault.
Gods just an for greed and power.
Bless You.
[quote][p][bold]soup153[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: It Amazes Me We Plant Poppies To Commemorate The Terrible Slaughter Of A War That Many People Don't Know What It Was For. Yet Invest On Missiles That Slaughter. Well I Suppose Its All GOD's Fault.[/p][/quote]Gods just an for greed and power.[/p][/quote]Bless You. Gore Seer
  • Score: -2

7:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

boltonchamp says...

No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it!
No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it! boltonchamp
  • Score: 7

7:17pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

Sallymc wrote:
Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY!
June 28 1914 The Assassination Of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Of Austria, 9 Million Soles Parish, Again Was It For?.
[quote][p][bold]Sallymc[/bold] wrote: Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY![/p][/quote]June 28 1914 The Assassination Of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Of Austria, 9 Million Soles Parish, Again Was It For?. Gore Seer
  • Score: -9

7:37pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

Sallymc wrote:
Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY!
The Sacrifice Of Many Men Were Press Into The Military My Great Uncle Albert Macdonald On His 19 Birth Day Was Taken To Signup By His Pit Owner, Six Week Into His Birthday, He Was In The Army, Six Weeks Later Killed While Carrying Water, A Month Or Two Later War Ended. Is Commanding Office Wrote He Was A Good Grafter He Went Down Pit At 12. He As Since Visited Me.
[quote][p][bold]Sallymc[/bold] wrote: Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY![/p][/quote]The Sacrifice Of Many Men Were Press Into The Military My Great Uncle Albert Macdonald On His 19 Birth Day Was Taken To Signup By His Pit Owner, Six Week Into His Birthday, He Was In The Army, Six Weeks Later Killed While Carrying Water, A Month Or Two Later War Ended. Is Commanding Office Wrote He Was A Good Grafter He Went Down Pit At 12. He As Since Visited Me. Gore Seer
  • Score: -3

7:37pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

Sallymc wrote:
Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY!
The Sacrifice Of Many Men Were Press Into The Military My Great Uncle Albert Macdonald On His 19 Birth Day Was Taken To Signup By His Pit Owner, Six Week Into His Birthday, He Was In The Army, Six Weeks Later Killed While Carrying Water, A Month Or Two Later War Ended. Is Commanding Office Wrote He Was A Good Grafter He Went Down Pit At 12. He As Since Visited Me.
[quote][p][bold]Sallymc[/bold] wrote: Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY![/p][/quote]The Sacrifice Of Many Men Were Press Into The Military My Great Uncle Albert Macdonald On His 19 Birth Day Was Taken To Signup By His Pit Owner, Six Week Into His Birthday, He Was In The Army, Six Weeks Later Killed While Carrying Water, A Month Or Two Later War Ended. Is Commanding Office Wrote He Was A Good Grafter He Went Down Pit At 12. He As Since Visited Me. Gore Seer
  • Score: -3

7:37pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

Sallymc wrote:
Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY!
The Sacrifice Of Many Men Were Press Into The Military My Great Uncle Albert Macdonald On His 19 Birth Day Was Taken To Signup By His Pit Owner, Six Week Into His Birthday, He Was In The Army, Six Weeks Later Killed While Carrying Water, A Month Or Two Later War Ended. Is Commanding Office Wrote He Was A Good Grafter He Went Down Pit At 12. He As Since Visited Me.
[quote][p][bold]Sallymc[/bold] wrote: Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY![/p][/quote]The Sacrifice Of Many Men Were Press Into The Military My Great Uncle Albert Macdonald On His 19 Birth Day Was Taken To Signup By His Pit Owner, Six Week Into His Birthday, He Was In The Army, Six Weeks Later Killed While Carrying Water, A Month Or Two Later War Ended. Is Commanding Office Wrote He Was A Good Grafter He Went Down Pit At 12. He As Since Visited Me. Gore Seer
  • Score: -3

10:10pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

Sallymc wrote:
Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY!
So if you have an understanding please tell us all the causes of World War 1, if you mention Germany in your answer you will be wrong. I and many others await your response....
[quote][p][bold]Sallymc[/bold] wrote: Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY![/p][/quote]So if you have an understanding please tell us all the causes of World War 1, if you mention Germany in your answer you will be wrong. I and many others await your response.... Comment777
  • Score: -5

10:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

Sallymc wrote:
Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY!
They did not make a sacrifice they were the sacrifice...
[quote][p][bold]Sallymc[/bold] wrote: Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY![/p][/quote]They did not make a sacrifice they were the sacrifice... Comment777
  • Score: 0

10:15pm Sat 5 Apr 14

longballs r us says...

boltonchamp wrote:
No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it!
Obviously not very educated. I suggest you read up on WW1 before opening your big gob about whether muslims will make a big fuss.
[quote][p][bold]boltonchamp[/bold] wrote: No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it![/p][/quote]Obviously not very educated. I suggest you read up on WW1 before opening your big gob about whether muslims will make a big fuss. longballs r us
  • Score: -29

10:17pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Sallymc wrote:
Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY!
June 28 1914 The Assassination Of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Of Austria, 9 Million Soles Parish, Again Was It For?.
The assassination of an Austro Hungarian prince leads to the UK becoming involved in a war they knew they could not win. Not one allied troop who was involved in the conflict set foot on German soil...just the English leaders demonstrating their arrogant belligerent nature...
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sallymc[/bold] wrote: Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY![/p][/quote]June 28 1914 The Assassination Of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Of Austria, 9 Million Soles Parish, Again Was It For?.[/p][/quote]The assassination of an Austro Hungarian prince leads to the UK becoming involved in a war they knew they could not win. Not one allied troop who was involved in the conflict set foot on German soil...just the English leaders demonstrating their arrogant belligerent nature... Comment777
  • Score: 1

10:49pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ccjone says...

We cannot re-write history and debates about the politics of the day won't alter the fact that men perished. Poppies are symbolic about remembering those who sacrificed their lives and a thank you for that sacrifice from those of us who acknowledge and appreciate that sacrifice. I shall be down at Heaton Fold to purchase my bag of poppy seeds. We all have a choice, I choose to remember with gratitude...
We cannot re-write history and debates about the politics of the day won't alter the fact that men perished. Poppies are symbolic about remembering those who sacrificed their lives and a thank you for that sacrifice from those of us who acknowledge and appreciate that sacrifice. I shall be down at Heaton Fold to purchase my bag of poppy seeds. We all have a choice, I choose to remember with gratitude... ccjone
  • Score: 13

11:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Donkey Stone says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Sallymc wrote:
Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY!
The Sacrifice Of Many Men Were Press Into The Military My Great Uncle Albert Macdonald On His 19 Birth Day Was Taken To Signup By His Pit Owner, Six Week Into His Birthday, He Was In The Army, Six Weeks Later Killed While Carrying Water, A Month Or Two Later War Ended. Is Commanding Office Wrote He Was A Good Grafter He Went Down Pit At 12. He As Since Visited Me.
Did he advise you to get some therapy?
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sallymc[/bold] wrote: Go on then, tell us what is for? Your ancestors, My ancestors and practically everyone living in the UK have ancestors who fought in WW1, so majority of people will have an understanding. Now that we are celebrating the centenary, thus is to ensure that generations to come, this generation and possible yourself, to learn about the sacrifices these men and I'll say women because they helped in the war effect also did for their COUNTRY![/p][/quote]The Sacrifice Of Many Men Were Press Into The Military My Great Uncle Albert Macdonald On His 19 Birth Day Was Taken To Signup By His Pit Owner, Six Week Into His Birthday, He Was In The Army, Six Weeks Later Killed While Carrying Water, A Month Or Two Later War Ended. Is Commanding Office Wrote He Was A Good Grafter He Went Down Pit At 12. He As Since Visited Me.[/p][/quote]Did he advise you to get some therapy? Donkey Stone
  • Score: 7

6:12am Sun 6 Apr 14

oftbewildered2 says...

boltonchamp wrote:
No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it!
there were quite a few Muslims and Hindus who fought on the side of the allies during the War
[quote][p][bold]boltonchamp[/bold] wrote: No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it![/p][/quote]there were quite a few Muslims and Hindus who fought on the side of the allies during the War oftbewildered2
  • Score: 5

9:31am Sun 6 Apr 14

soup153 says...

boltonchamp wrote:
No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it!
Showing your IQ again
[quote][p][bold]boltonchamp[/bold] wrote: No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it![/p][/quote]Showing your IQ again soup153
  • Score: 1

11:40am Sun 6 Apr 14

heaton watcher says...

boltonchamp wrote:
No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it!
Why?
[quote][p][bold]boltonchamp[/bold] wrote: No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it![/p][/quote]Why? heaton watcher
  • Score: 3

1:45pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Still though nobody has seen fit to remark about why we are STILL sending troops out to be killed, build more Nuclear Subs, manufacture missiles and ammunition for the weapons of war that our country also manufactures in cahoots with the US corporate scum that own the politics that your kids and grandkids get slaughter for.

Yes... Lest We Forget... indeed!
Still though nobody has seen fit to remark about why we are STILL sending troops out to be killed, build more Nuclear Subs, manufacture missiles and ammunition for the weapons of war that our country also manufactures in cahoots with the US corporate scum that own the politics that your kids and grandkids get slaughter for. Yes... Lest We Forget... indeed! Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -4

8:50pm Sun 6 Apr 14

ccjone says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Still though nobody has seen fit to remark about why we are STILL sending troops out to be killed, build more Nuclear Subs, manufacture missiles and ammunition for the weapons of war that our country also manufactures in cahoots with the US corporate scum that own the politics that your kids and grandkids get slaughter for.

Yes... Lest We Forget... indeed!
This is about Flanders poppy fields and the seeds from there, not a political forum or debating platform to discuss the issues of world disarmament. If you have ideas to match your ideals, a solution for perpetual peace, maybe you too should be in politics instead of just voicing criticism of those in governments in the local press!!
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Still though nobody has seen fit to remark about why we are STILL sending troops out to be killed, build more Nuclear Subs, manufacture missiles and ammunition for the weapons of war that our country also manufactures in cahoots with the US corporate scum that own the politics that your kids and grandkids get slaughter for. Yes... Lest We Forget... indeed![/p][/quote]This is about Flanders poppy fields and the seeds from there, not a political forum or debating platform to discuss the issues of world disarmament. If you have ideas to match your ideals, a solution for perpetual peace, maybe you too should be in politics instead of just voicing criticism of those in governments in the local press!! ccjone
  • Score: -1

11:43pm Sun 6 Apr 14

HOOSIER says...

Nice to see the council taking credit for a local war history fans idea
Nice to see the council taking credit for a local war history fans idea HOOSIER
  • Score: 3

10:41am Mon 7 Apr 14

gene watts says...

my War photo group and in and around bolton photos group plus other sites on facebook have been scattering poppy seeds all round bolton from last year to commemerate the anniversary off ww1
my War photo group and in and around bolton photos group plus other sites on facebook have been scattering poppy seeds all round bolton from last year to commemerate the anniversary off ww1 gene watts
  • Score: 4

7:54am Tue 8 Apr 14

gene watts says...

https://www.facebook
.com/groups/warphoto
group/
https://www.facebook .com/groups/warphoto group/ gene watts
  • Score: 0

7:56am Tue 8 Apr 14

gene watts says...

https://www.facebook
.com/groups/warphoto
group/ my War photo group for bolton people to put there photos on that served in the forces lest we forget
https://www.facebook .com/groups/warphoto group/ my War photo group for bolton people to put there photos on that served in the forces lest we forget gene watts
  • Score: 0

11:22pm Tue 8 Apr 14

boltonchamp says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
boltonchamp wrote:
No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it!
there were quite a few Muslims and Hindus who fought on the side of the allies during the War
Why burn poppies ect then? Nothing but a set of low life inbred idiots.
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boltonchamp[/bold] wrote: No doubt the muslims will kick up a big fuss about it![/p][/quote]there were quite a few Muslims and Hindus who fought on the side of the allies during the War[/p][/quote]Why burn poppies ect then? Nothing but a set of low life inbred idiots. boltonchamp
  • Score: -4

8:42am Thu 10 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

The Germans have succeeded in politics what they couldn't do in war,

Create a superstate and tell other countries what to do,
The Germans have succeeded in politics what they couldn't do in war, Create a superstate and tell other countries what to do, Jim271
  • Score: 1

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