8th November 2018
School pupils, dignitaries, community members and the press gathered on the front lawn of the Londin Southend Airport terminal building to celebrate the Armistice of the Great War at the LSA Poppy Garden.
The LSA Poppy Garden is a multi faceted project that takes place around the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the Great War in 1918. Thanks to the work of our wonderful local artists and the LSA and Blade Education teams we have been able to put together an amazing installation and event to celebrate the centenary.
Following a welcome from the CEO of London Southend Airport, Glyn Jones, the Rev Fr. David Wylie, of St Margaret's Leigh-on-Sea held a service of remembrance, with bugler Barry Nunn sounding the Last Post and the gathering of people from around Southend and Rochford observed a 1 minute silence in honour of those who gave their lives for our freedom.
After the service everyone was invited inside to see the brilliant work of artist Ali Ward who, along with the children of Kingsdown School, parents, staff and community members made 100 woven cloth poppies that came together to form the Kingsdown Poppy Tapestry inside the LSA terminal building.
For the full story and photographs please see our main LSA Poppy Garden page.