Bodfest buys 25 poppies to mark memory of fallen

Poppies by the Tower of London taken on trip from Banbury with Star UK Travel NNL-140411-161919001
Poppies by the Tower of London taken on trip from Banbury with Star UK Travel NNL-140411-161919001

Twenty-five men from Bodicote who died during both world wars will be commemorated with the purchase of 25 ceramic poppies from the Tower of London’s recent art installation.

The organisers of Bodfest bought the poppies after making a small amount of money from last year’s event.

The poppies are yet to be delivered, but when they are they will be given to the Bodicote branch of the Royal British Legion which will decide where the poppies are to go.

Festival chairman John Washburn said it was the idea of one of the festival organisers.

He said: “Bodicote Festival has been going for over a decade and although it is not intended to make money, we have made a little bit and we decided we should spend it on something for the village.

“One of our members came up with the idea of buying ceramic poppies and we decided we would buy one for each of the names on the war memorial to pay tribute to them, especially during the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

“We think it is a fitting tribute and a fitting way of spending money which came from the villagers.”

Bodfest has also donated £300 to Katharine House Hospice and Clic Sargent.

The installation at the Tower of London, called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper.

A total of 888, 246 ceramic poppies progressively filled the tower’s moat between July 17 and November 11, 2014 although there were calls for it to stay open longer. Each poppy represented a British military fatality during the war.