Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Farington WW1 Memorial Garden

6 October 2015

On September 27th a memorial was dedicated to the young men of Farington who gave their lives in the defence of our country during the Great War.

The driving force behind the memorial was Councillor Mike Otter, a Balshaw’s governor, without his hard work and tireless fund raising the memorial would not have happened. To help mark the dedication Councillor Otter had the idea of planting an artificial poppy for every soldier who died as a result of the war. He asked Balshaw’s for help in making the poppies and we were happy to oblige.

Mr Melling worked with a group of Year 11 students, Henry Aspey, Emily Mayhew, Harvey Fisher and Alex Melling, to produce the 55 individually engraved poppies.  Leyland Trucks helped out, in the form of apprentice Alex Hindle, who manufactured the stems for the poppies. During the dedication each poppy was planted in the memorial garden by one of the invited guests attending the event. 

The poppies will be used on special occcasions such as Rememberance Day.

Mr Melling

Farington WW1 Memorial

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