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Playing field tribute to our heroes of war
6:20am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Local News
A POPULAR playing field on Canvey could be paved red with poppy seeds to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.
Plans are in the pipeline for youngsters at the Island Boys and Girls football club to plant the iconic red Flanders poppies on fields at Smallgains Community Hall in Creek Road.
Castle Point Council formally adopted the idea for sites across the borough to be planted with seeds at a meeting in August as a tribute to the centenary of the start of the Great War, which began in August, 1914.
Now staff at the football club are trying to get permission for poppies to be planted on their field close to the sea wall.
Peter May, vice chairman of the football club said: “I think it’s so important for us to remember what happened in the First World War because without those brave people who made those sacrifices for us we would not be here today.
It is vital we keep the memory of what they did alive.
“Hopefully we want to get the youngsters involved and get them planting poppy seeds to mark the anniversary. I think it would be a great thing for us to do. We are just waiting for permission but we are hopefully it can be done within the next month or so.”
Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914. The conflict was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria on June 28, 1914.
Millions of soldiers lost their lives before the guns finally fell silent on Armistice Day.
Young footballers on Canvey club are also celebrating receiving their brand new kit for the season.
Pinnacle PSG, which provides grass cutting and street cleaning services across Castle Point, has agreed to sponsor the Island Boys and Girls football club based at Smallgains playing fields in Creek Road.
Peter May, vice-chairman of the club, said: “We try and get sponsors for a new kit every two seasons, because after that long the kit has really had its use, but it is difficult.”
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