Published On: Wed, May 14th, 2014 on 1:48 pm

Poppies to bloom at Halifax Minster in honour of the fallen

Halifax Minster Poppy Planting

The Vicar of Halifax with young Minster choristers planting seeds

Poppy seeds have been sown on the grounds of the historic Halifax Minster to mark the centenary of World War I.

Sown by the Vicar of Halifax Revd Canon Hilary Barber and the Minster’s young choristers, the symbolic blooms will be a solemn reminder of all those who lost their lives, and will be flowering for years to come.

It was inspired by the Royal British Legion’s Centenary Poppy Appeal and the Church of England, who have teamed up to make the country awash with poppies to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Revd Barber said: “We’re honoured at the Minster to take part in the campaign and we will now look forward to seeing the poppies bloom and quietly remembering all they stand for.

“Having the young choristers involved with the planting of the poppies was especially poignant, as it is always good to include children when remembering The Great War because it reminds us of the sacrifice that was made by so many and the cost of lives given and taken away.”

As well as commemorating the war, the planting of the poppies also mark the creation of the new Diocese of Leeds – which will be informally known as the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

The Rt Revd Nick Baines, the new Bishop Designate for the new diocese, said: “A century is not a long time but only 100 years ago the world fell apart in the most violent way.

“This simple act of growing poppies reminds us of our past and is a very visual way of pledging ourselves to serve together in the future.”

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