This year, the Royal British Legion (Diss branch) have created a special poppy commemoration tribute within the grounds of St Mary’s Church.

Canon Tony Billet was most impressed with the tribute at Roydon Church last year that was instigated by this year’s Honoured Citizen of Diss, Jim Bidwell, and asked if this could be recreated in the grounds and gates of the Church.

Jim Bidwell with some of the RBL volunteers involved

The poppies displayed in the ground were created by the Hope Church Men’s shed and volunteers last year for the WW1 100 year centenary commemorations. They were then painted by pupils from Diss and Roydon Junior schools with personal tributes written on. If you have a moment, take some time to read them and you will see some very touching tributes to Grandads, soldier’s mentioned on the war memorial, cats, dogs and even a little sister.

The RBL Diss Branch members have been creating the tribute this week and will be extending the tribute to the railings in front of the Museum.

Diss Town Council have supported the initiative with a small grant to facilitate the project. We have also provided funds to allow the wreath tribute frames to be upgraded and repainted in time for the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service. The parade takes place on Sunday 10th November at 2pm, starting from outside Aldi supermarket and finishing at St Mary’s Church.

With thanks to Andy Rackham for the comment and above image.

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