The Valley overwhelmed by public response to Poppy display


A canopy of 100 giant poppies suspended above the shops was this week unveiled at The Valley, Evesham. The visual tribute was launched to coincide with the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

Marketing Manager at The Valley, Phil Maclean, said, 'We’ve been overwhelmed by the public response to the display. By placing the poppies in such a prominent position in the heart of the shopping area, we’ve ensured that our many shoppers will remember the enormous sacrifice that has been made by our armed forces past and present”.

The Valley’s social media pages have been swamped by over 10,000 responses and shares resulting in a staggering 200,000 people reading and seeing the posts.

A small sample of some of the responses:
Wendy Milum: ‘Lovely. I’m proud of Evesham for the tribute.’

Naomi Barnett: ‘We’ve just come back from there and it was our 4 year old little girl who pointed up and said look at all those poppies they look nice. We will always remember them. #proudtowearapoppy’


Nadine Walsh: ‘Beautiful, more places in the UK should embrace our history and the ultimate sacrifice that was made for us all to live the privileged lives we do X’

Ann Heath: ‘What a great way of showing respect!’

Sewellyn Douglass-James: ‘Popped in this morning they look great well done xx’

The installation will remain on public display until Armistice day on 11th November.

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