Remembrance Day and Somme centenary marked with laser-cut acrylic poppy field at Etonbury Academy in Arlesey

PUBLISHED: 10:47 11 November 2016

The poppies outside Etonbury Academy's new building.

The poppies outside Etonbury Academy's new building.

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An Arlesey school has created a field of laser-cut acrylic poppies to mark Remembrance Day and the Battle of the Somme's centenary.

The poppies outside Etonbury Academy's new building.The poppies outside Etonbury Academy's new building.

Every child and adult at Etonbury Academy has designed and made a poppy over the past few weeks, heating them and moulding them into shape with their hands.

The poppies were ‘planted’ outside the school’s new building yesterday, and are set to remain there for a week.

The project was initiated by deputy head Trudie Squires, who told the Comet she would like to thank all the adults at the school for their help, particularly Jackie Pyper, Dan Kennedy, Jodie Ashby and Molly White.

When the week is over pupils and staff can donate a minimum of £3 to take their poppies home, with the proceeds going to the Royal British Legion, Kidney Research UK and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, which helps tackle deprivation and improve social welfare.

Today marks 98 years since the armistice with Germany – signed at 11am on November 11, 1918 – ended hostilities on the First World War’s Western Front.

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