What colour should the Poppies be…?

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Red & White Poppies. Photo: Peace Pledge Union.

Hedge End Town Council is to debate what colour Poppies should be incorporated into the new gates that are to be constructed for the Towns War Memorial.

The Agenda for the Town Council’s Recreation and Amenities sub-committee meeting, to be held on 9th May, raises a number of questions under item 5, “Matters to be Resolved”, one of which is to “Determine colour of poppies in War Memorial Garden Gate”. See RA_Agenda_09.05.2012

The new gate for the war memorial continues Hedge End’s recent trend of installing wrought iron features around the Town, commissioning their favourite Designer Blacksmith to construct these features. 

Already installed are the Cemetery gates and the controversial “Heritage” sign.


The Heritage sign.

The War Memorial Gates are the next project to be taken forward by the Town Council, with more Heritage signs to be added in the fullness of time on the other main routes into the Town.

 A design for the War Memorial gates was considered in the March meeting of the Recreation and Amenities Committee, where local resident Mrs Hoff, suggested that Poppies should be incorporated into the design of the gates. The Committee members, who were clearly delighted to have some active participation from a member of the public [it doesn’t happen very often], thought that was an excellent suggestion and asked for the design to be amended. The committee now have to decide on the colour of the Poppies.

Many people will instinctively feel that Poppies should be red, particularly on War Memorial Gates, but as the photo illustrates and the White Poppies website explains, white Poppies are a recognised symbol of Peace.

Should Hedge End’s new war memorial gates continue the theme of remembrance, which is whole point of a memorial, or should they promote peace….?

Your Town Councillors, well the handful of them that serve on the Recreation & Ameneties Committee, have to decide on Wednesday evening.

The meeting is open to the public if you would like to listen to the discussion and contribute your thoughts on this matter. It is to be held in the 2000 Centre in Hedge End and starts at 7pm.

Or you can comment here on Eastleigh News…

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 


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