For the next month the grounds of Oakham Castle will be awash with the colour red. All thanks to the Community poppy project display
Over 10,000 ceramic poppies, all made by local people, will be displayed around the Castle grounds to commemorate the centenary end of WWI. The display will be here for a month
After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write the now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields’.
Remembrance Day always falls on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11o’clock. At this time a two minutes silence is held to remember those who fell during the conflict.
Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday of November, the Sunday nearest to the 11th November. Here in Oakham Remembrance Day service held at All Saints takes place during the afternoon. Afterwards poppy wreaths are laid. Before the service an Armistice day parade through the town will take place.
This year Remembrance Sunday falls on the 11th November and so there will be homage paid to the fallen at 11 o’clock in the morning.
On 11 November 2018, 100 years since Armistice, bells will ring out in unison from churches and cathedrals in villages, towns and cities across the country. Big Ben will also strike at 11am to mark the centenary.
To mark the final year of the First World War centenary commemorations, 1,400 new bell ringers will be recruited in honour of the 1,400 that lost their lives during the First World War.
Church bells across the UK remained restricted throughout the course of the war and only rang freely once Armistice was declared on 11 November 1918