Halifax town hall to host poppy exhibit to mark Armistice centenary

Councillors Geraldine Carter and Marilyn Greenwood launch their poppy exhibition.
Councillors Geraldine Carter and Marilyn Greenwood launch their poppy exhibition.

A Great Poppy Exhibition will take place at Halifax Town Hall as part of Calderdale’s commemoration of the centenary of the armistice.

The Armistice of November 11, 1918 was the agreement that ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and Germany.

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It is hoped that more than 5,000 poppies of all styles and forms will be created by the public to represent the 5,000-plus lives lost in Calderdale during the First World War.

Organiser Marilyn Greenwood hopes the project will become the biggest UK exhibition of poppies ever.

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Exhibits will be judged by the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale.

Marilyn said: “We invite anyone and everyone in Calderdale to use their imagination and make a poppy exhibit.

“They could be knitted, croshetted, moulded from clay, a collage, worked metal, whittled wood, casted plaster, embroidered, a painted picture, a great photograph or made of paper, papier mache, any fabric or even a dried flower.

She added: “The Piece Hall will be doing something, and the business development people at the council will be encouraging shops to decorate windows appropriately, so we hope that visitors will walk through the town centre from the Piece Hall to the exhibition and see lots of bunting and decorations.

“It’s important that it’s a commemoration rather than a celebration. We shouldn’t forget anyone who died or suffered in that or any other war. It’s something we must never forget.”

If you would like to contribute to the project, you can email councillor.mgreenwood@calderdale.gov.uk.