21st Sep, 2020

Shoppers praise poppy display

Rob George 28th Oct, 2018

AS THE countdown to the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War continues, The Valley has unveiled a unique tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

A canopy of 100 giant poppies suspended above the shops was unveiled this week to coincide with the centenary of the end of the conflict.

Shoppers have paid tribute to Valley chiefs for the unique display.

Naomi Barnett said: “We’ve just come back from The Valley and it was our four-year-old little girl who pointed up and said look at all those poppies they look nice. We will always remember them.”

Wendy Milum said: “Lovely. I’m proud of Evesham for the tribute.”

And Nadine Walsh added: “Beautiful. More places in the UK should embrace our history and the ultimate sacrifice that was made for us all to live the privileged lives we do.”

The Valley’s Facebook post generated hundreds of positive comments, nearly 10,000 people liked the post and it was read by a staggering 200,000 people.

Marketing manager Phil Maclean said: “’We’ve been overwhelmed by the public response to the display.

“By placing the poppies in such a prominent position, in the heart of the shopping area, we can ensure that our many visitors will remember the enormous sacrifice that have been made by our armed forces past and present”

The installation will remain on public display until Armistice Day on November 11.

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