Poppies Connect Communities at Belong Crewe

A D-Day veteran was amongst members of the public and community organisations who joined residents and staff at Belong Crewe to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War and remember those who lost their lives in conflicts since.

The ceremony featured a unique 3-D art installation, made from over 700 handmade poppies contributed by members of attending organisations, in the shape of one of the first ever tanks, which were manufactured at the Crewe Works during the First World War.

Bernard Morgan, aged 95, who took part in the Allied invasion of Europe on 6 June 1944 was special guest for the occasion. He captivated audiences with his memories of the fateful day and his role in the Second World War.

A service of remembrance, including two-minutes silence, was led by Reverend Ken Sanders and Deacon Catherine Cleghorn, of the church of St Andrew with John the Baptist in Crewe andsupported by members of the British Legion. Children from the local Pebble Brook primary school and Oaks Academy high school laid wreaths and recited First World War poetry. Other local groups represented included the Cheshire police, Cheshire East Council and local football team, the Berkeley Saints.

Belong Crewe experience coordinator Natalie Ravenscroft, who led the initiative to create the unique art installation, said: “We had the idea months ago to involve community organisations in creating an installation made of poppies to mark 100 years since the Armistice that ended World War One, and plans have been underway since then. It’s fitting that people from all sections of the community came together to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of warfare. The service was very moving, and we were privileged to hear Bernard’s perspective on the significance of the event.”