Conservatives are urging the Green Administration of Brighton & Hove City Council to get involved in the Royal British Legion’s World War 1 Centenary Poppy Campaign.
The national campaign is being officially launched in October and will see the Legion asking the public and local authorities to purchase Flanders poppy seeds from campaign partners, B&Q, to plant on their own land. The funds raised by the campaign will go towards the £1.6 million the Legion spends each week on vital care and support to the Armed Forces community.
Cllr. Ann Norman, who is the Conservative Group representative on the Council’s Civil Military Partnership Board, said: “I welcome the fact that the Council is planning a programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the Great War and I would urge them to include the Centenary Poppy Campaign in this. I think it would be a poignant and fitting tribute to all those brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting for our freedom.”
Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald, Conservative Group Leader, added: “We already have some spectacular poppy displays up on the Downs but I think it would be an amazing gesture of support if the Council were to create similar scenes in some of the city’s iconic parks, gardens and other open spaces. They could also take the lead in helping schools and community groups get involved so that it becomes something that the whole city can embrace.”