First poppies laid at Falmouth Garden of Remembrance
8:00am Thursday 1st November 2012 in News
THE FIRST poppy was laid in Falmouth's Garden of Remembrance on Saturday morning.
The town's mayor, Geoffrey Evans, had the honour of planting the first memorial poppy cross, at the event attended by representatives of veterans associations, including the St Nazaire Society, the Royal British Legion and the Royal Naval Association.
A short service, led by the mayor’s chaplin Colin Brown, was held at the garden in Webber Street to mark the town's first tribute of 2012.
The last post was sounded by Bill Bishop.
The remembrance garden was given an overhaul this year after it was replanted by Falmouth Town Council at the request of some of the veterans associations over concerns it was tatty and overgrown.
The garden belongs to Cornwall Council and Falmouth town council asked the authority to grant them a licence for the area, with Simon Miles of FG Landscapes & Arboreal Services asked to redesign and replant it in time for Saturday’s event.
A spokesman for the town council said that the veteran’s organisations that attended were, “very pleased with the outcome”.
Councillors John Body and Dave Sterratt contributed their community chest funds towards the cost of the scheme and the council also hope to replace the signage as budgets permit. The event was the first memorial event in Falmouth on the lead up to the annual Remembrance Sunday parade and service on November 11 at Kimberley Park.