Council Leader tours ‘Poppy Wave’ at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Date: 22/10/2015

The Leader of Wakefield Council toured the Poppy Wave at Yorkshire Sculpture Park to pay respects for those that have served and are still serving in the armed forces.

The poppy sculptures, which first went on display at the Tower of London to honour soldiers who died in the First World War, are now being displayed at the park until 10 January.

The Leader of Wakefield Council Cllr Peter Box, was joined by The Mayor of the Wakefield Metropolitan District Cllr June Cliffe and the Council’s Armed Forces Champion Cllr Sandra Pickin.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “I am always proud to take part in the remembrance commemorations each year including touring this important display to pay our respects to the sacrifices made by so many.”

Cllr June Cliffe, The Mayor of Wakefield, said: “I am delighted that the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the home to the Poppy Wave, giving residents across the district the opportunity to visit this unique display giving time for contemplation and reflection.”

Wakefield Council is again this year supporting the Royal British Legion through their Poppy Appeal.

Cllr Box added: “The Royal British Legion plays a key role in this district and keeps us all mindful of the sacrifices made by men and women who have served - and are indeed still serving – in the armed forces.

“I hope that people will rally to keep the Wakefield branch of the RBL active and hope that they can attract new members to support their activities and to carry on the important work of reminding us all how much we owe to servicemen and women, both past and present.”

The Council is encouraging residents to wear their poppy with pride in support of our veterans and serving armed forces. Poppies are available from Civic buildings including Wakefield Town Hall from 24 October.

The Council’s Annual Festival of Remembrance is also taking place at Wakefield Cathedral on Friday 6 November.

The event is free and begins at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome and are asked to be in their seats no later than 6.45 pm.
For further details on the arrangements please contact the Mayor’s Office on 01924 305345.

Or for more information about the Poppy Wave visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park website at