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Wreath from Worcestershire travels down to London

A man laying a poppy wreath Published Wednesday, 11th November 2020

A poppy wreath on behalf of Worcestershire is travelling on a special GWR poppy train on Wednesday 11th November.

The wreath on behalf of Worcestershire was delivered early this morning to join a special ‘Poppy Train’ organised by Great Western Railway. It is travelling down to Paddington Station, along with a stream of other wreaths that will be collected from stations heading to London across the GWR network. The Poppy trains will cover nine lines into the capital, stopping at 60 stations. 

 

More than 100 wreaths are expected to make the journey.

 

With many Remembrance events suspended because of the Coronavirus pandemic, GWR and The Veterans Charity have been planning with organisations including the Royal British Legion and SSAFA to coordinate the ‘Poppies to Paddington’ operation. 

 

Normally a great number of military veterans would have travelled to London on Remembrance Sunday to march past the Cenotaph. Sadly, this year is so different, therefore, it is fitting to be sending a wreath to the capital on behalf of the county.

 

On arrival at Paddington the wreaths will be placed at the station’s iconic war memorial, on Platform 1, in time for the Remembrance Day service at 11am.

 

Major-General Mark Armstrong, Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant for Worcestershire, presented a wreath at Great Malvern Station, said: “This year marks the centenary of the entombment of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey in 1920.  The body of the Unknown Warrior was conveyed to London on a specially commissioned train and represents all of those with no known grave. There is a connection between that train and the GWR poppy trains as they convey wreaths in remembrance of all those who have given their lives in the service of their country.  Lest we forget.”

 

To find out more about the GWR’s Poppy Trains visit:

https://www.gwr.com/about-us/media-centre/news/2020/november/gwr-joins-forces-with-the-veterans-charity-to-plan-special-operation-for-remembrance-day