Tony Hawes poppy Chester CathedraL 2015

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undefinedOne of the ceramic poppies that was part of the memorable exhibition that filled the Tower of London moat last year, has gone on permanent display in Chester Cathedral in time for Remembrance Day. ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' was an artwork comprising 888,246 hand-made poppies at the Tower - each representing a fallen soldier from the First World War.

One of the poppies was bought by Sandiway parishioner Tony Hawes who wanted to pay his own tribute to the war heroes. He approached Chester Cathedral with the idea of putting it on permanent display there.

The Dean, the Very Revd Professor Gordon McPhate, was happy to provide a home for the poppy – in the cathedral’s regimental chapel.

The casing of the cathedral poppy is made out of laminated 100-year old oak, and the artwork is lit within a glass tube. The display was installed last month (October).

Dean Gordon McPhate said: “I was very excited when Tony came to us with his idea. I don’t believe there could be a place more perfect to keep the poppy than the Regimental Chapel  – a small part of the church inherent to all of our lives.

“The symbolism behind the poppy greatly touches the hearts of many, and I have no doubt Cestrians will cherish having this poppy within their own cathedral.”

Tony Hawes said he was grateful for the support of the Dean and Chapter and members of the Cathedral staff and all who have been involved in the Chester poppy project, and for others who helped to design and create the display – including Suzanne  Hodgson, 24-7 Electrical Ltd,  Glass Solutions, Applelec, MJ Lighting and Haywood and Jackson.

Tony added: “I am pleased that we now have in our diocese a lasting memorial to the fallen.”