Eyemouth pupils create ceramic poppies

The pupils planted the poppies they made in front of Eyemouth Parish Church
The pupils planted the poppies they made in front of Eyemouth Parish Church

First year pupils from Eyemouth High School have planted large ceramic poppies in the grounds of Eyemouth Parish Church.

Inspired by the ‘Poppies: Weeping Window’ art installation at St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney the pupils made the poppies as part of the school’s enrichment project. For all of them it was the first time they had ever worked with clay.

Art teacher Victoria Lowe led the Remembrance project and is delighted with the end result.

She said: “There are 93 poppies, one for each service man and woman who has died in active service since 1914.

“After Remembrance Sunday the poppies will be put on the graves of the service men and women buried locally and will be there permanently.

“We have been talking to the families of those killed who are buried further afield and so far we have poppies going to Bath and to France.

“The Royal British Legion have been into the school and talked to the pupils about what the poppies represent and the history behind them and they have worked with the kids making the rods and threads for the poppies. It’s been a really good community project.”

Rev Andy Haddow, who serves the linked parishes of Eyemouth, Coldingham and St Abbs, said: “As a church we are called to serve our communities and so it’s always a privilege to be able to help out and doubly so when we can facilitate great projects that really strike a chord with folks.

“The display of poppies, inspired by the displays at the Tower of London and St Magnus Cathedral, is a beautiful tribute to local servicemen and women who have given fully of themselves to their country.

“Huge congratulations should go to Eyemouth High School, together with the Royal British Legion, who have made this wonderful installation happen.

“We hope, with the installation in such a prominent place, that the community will find it thought provoking and helpful.”

Mrs Lowe added that they were keen to trace school-age descendants of the servicemen and women being commemorated. People should contact the school via its web site in the first instance.