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Poppy collection for national commemorative First World War sculpture

PUBLISHED: 16:26 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:35 03 April 2018

Poppies are being collected as part of a First World War memorial sculpture project. Picture: Ian Burt

Poppies are being collected as part of a First World War memorial sculpture project. Picture: Ian Burt

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More than a million Royal British Legion paper poppies are being collected by volunteers for a First World War sculpture.

Poppies are being collected as part of a First World War memorial sculpture project. Picture: Ian BurtPoppies are being collected as part of a First World War memorial sculpture project. Picture: Ian Burt

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Poppy of Honour project is aiming to fill an eight foot tall glass poppy sculpture with 1,115,471 remembrance poppies.

The poppies symbolise every British and Commonwealth serviceman and servicewoman who was killed or declared missing in action during the war, and the names of all those lost will be handwritten on the poppies by volunteers across the country.

The completed sculpture will be unveiled at a ceremony on October 6 in Wincanton, Somerset, before touring sites across the country.

Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Caister libraries will all house collection boxes for poppy donations, as will the Great Yarmouth Mercury in King Street.

For more information about the project, visit www.poppyofhonour2018.org.uk.

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