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Poppy seeds to be sown alongside the A2 in Newington in memory of First World War fallen

Newington will honour its fallen heroes at a ceremony on Thursday.

To commemorate the First World War centenary, poppy seeds will be sown on the green alongside the A2.

Wild poppies will be planted alongside the A2 at Newington
Wild poppies will be planted alongside the A2 at Newington

When the flowers bloom it will serve as a reminder to soldiers in the village who gave their lives in the conflict.

Seeds of Remembrance is a Newington History Group project supported by the village allotment association and Dobbies Garden Centre, Gillingham.

A representative from Sittingbourne and Milton District Royal British Legion will attend the sowing ceremony at 10.30am.

The commemoration will also include the reading of a poem written by village historian, Thelma Dudley.

She said: “We want villagers and people who travel on the A2 through Newington to see the bright red poppies growing and have a daily reminder of the sacrifice made by 31 brave men from this small community.”

Newington will hold a weekend of commemoration on September 6 and 7 with art, music, poetry and floral tributes.

On the Sunday, there will be a dedication of the village war memorial by the Bishop of Dover.

For more details, contact Mrs Dudley on 01795 842711 or thelma@newingtonhistory.co.uk

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