POIGNANT FALL OF 10,000 POPPIES MARKS CORNWALL'S WAR DEAD ON ARMISTICE DAY IN TRURO CATHEDRAL

PUBLISHED: 10:33 12 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:07 30 August 2017

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More than 500 people packed into Truro Cathedral on 11th November for an Armistice Day Service, two minute silence and Fall of 10,000 poppies

More than 500 people packed into Truro Cathedral on 11th November for an Armistice Day Service, two minute silence and Fall of 10,000 poppies.

The short service attracted a 500 strong congregation who sang Lord of All Hopefulness, Lord of all Joy’ and Make me a Channel of your Peace’ while the choristers of the cathedral choir sang an anthem composed by Mark Blatchly based on the words from Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen’.

After the two minute silence was observed a spectacular rain of poppies fell from the central tower to the floor of the cathedral. More than 10,000 poppies fell, one for each of the Cornish WW1 war dead, onto the floor of the cathedral. They will remain there until Noon of Wednesday 12th November when they will transfer over to the Royal Cornwall Museum.

More than 10,000 poppies fell, one for each of the Cornish WW1 war dead, onto the floor of the cathedral.

The poppies which have been made by school children from all over Cornwall and also by visitors to the cathedral, over the last ten months, as part of the cathedral’s Cornwall Remembers project to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The Dean of Truro, The Very Rev’d Roger Bush, said, “It is so important to remember the sacrifice of generations past. We invited 200 school children to the service so that they too can join in the remembering. After all these children are all our future, and the lessons of one generation must be passed on down to the next.

The cathedral’s Cornwall Remember’s project will continue to mark the centenary of the First World War with a number of events over the next few years leading to 1918. See cornwallremembers.org.uk

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