1st Dec, 2020

Firefighters call on young Warwickshire residents for help with poppy decorations

FIREFIGHTERS are hoping to create poppy displays in stations across Warwickshire with a little help from young residents.

To help show community spirit in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) is asking children from across the county to get creative by painting, drawing or colouring in poppy shapes to showcase in fire station bays and windows.

WFRS spokesman Tim Sargent said: “We know that this year has been hard for people in so many ways and it will be difficult for us all to come together physically as a community for Remembrance Sunday. However, we would still like to show our support and appreciation to the Royal British Legion, which is why we are asking all budding artists to get the crayons, felt tips or paint pots out and create their very own poppy picture to help us cover our bay windows.”

Coun Andy Crump, county council spokesman for Fire and Rescue and Community Safety, added: “Every year the nation unites to make sure that no-one is forgotten and to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. So, what better way to mark the occasion and bring a real community spirit to the day, than to ask the children of Warwickshire to create pictures of poppies which can be displayed in fire stations across the county to help fire crews to mark Remembrance Sunday.”

Poppy pictures can be sent to the stations or via their social media accounts.

Entrants will be put into a prize draw and three winners will be picked from each district in a live draw event. Winners receive a Blaze Bear with a poppy on.

Names, ages and contact details should be included with entries.

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