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Church's 'weeping window' will mark 75 years since Second World War's end

PUBLISHED: 10:57 25 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:57 25 November 2019

The Queen visiting the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London in 2014. The installation has inspired a similar 'weeping window' at Cromer church which is being planned for next year. 
Picture: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

The Queen visiting the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London in 2014. The installation has inspired a similar 'weeping window' at Cromer church which is being planned for next year. Picture: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Thousands of ceramic poppies will adorn a north Norfolk church in memory of the day the guns finally fell silent at the end of the Second World War.

Cromer Town Council town clerk Julie Chance holding a red and purple poppy on their metal stems. Thousands of poppies will be used in a tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 2020. Picture: CTCCromer Town Council town clerk Julie Chance holding a red and purple poppy on their metal stems. Thousands of poppies will be used in a tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 2020. Picture: CTC

Plans for the 'weeping window' display at Cromer's parish church have been inspired by a similar installation at the Tower of London in 2014.

Volunteers have already made nearly half of a planned 4,000 ceramic poppies at Cromer's Sticky Earth Café.

Julie Chance, Cromer Town Council town clerk, said: "All of this has been possible through the generosity of the Sticky Earth Café and many wonderful volunteers who give up their time to make the poppies.

"Without these and other donors, the project would never have been able to have been considered."

Aa red and a purple poppy. Thousands of poppies will be used in a tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 2020. Picture: CTCAa red and a purple poppy. Thousands of poppies will be used in a tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 2020. Picture: CTC

The poppies will be painted and glazed to form part of a weeping window which will 'fall' from a window at Cromer's church.

However, unlike the London display, along with the traditional red poppies, the Cromer version will feature hundreds of purple poppies to symbolise the millions of animals which died in both the first and second world wars.

David Pritchard, town councillor, said: "I have no doubt that the 'weeping window' will draw large crowds and visitors to the town like the original weeping window which toured the country until last year.

"The people of Cromer have done so much to honour and remember those who gave their life for us so I am sure demand will be enormous for these poppies."

The display will be part of three days of commemorations from May 8-10 next year, which is being organised by the town council in partnership with town businesses, organisations and volunteers.

People will also be able to reserve the poppies to collect after the display is dismantled.

This can be done at three events, the first being Cromer's Christmas Fair, which takes place at the church and church hall on Saturday, November 30 from 10am.

Large poppies will cost £20, and medium poppies will be £15.

Mr Pritchard said interest in the poppies had already been strong, with enquiries coming in from as far away as New Zealand.

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