Initially it was hoped to represent each of the fallen with a single poppy but with the support of thousands of individuals and groups an astonishing carpet of over 33,000 handmade poppies was created as a tribute to not only those from Devon but men and women who lost their lives from Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset
Deborah Custance Baker commented: “Each poppy displayed represents a person lost, each poppy is individual, as were the people lost. The numbers mean little until you see the scale of the display.
“The stories that were sent in with some of the poppies were the most moving tribute to people’s parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and the enormity of the War was really brought home. Some families had entire generations taken from them – and so many of those people lost were so young.”
The poppies will be displayed in our Gallery and will be sold in aid of the Royal British Legion for a suggested minimum donation of £1 per poppy.