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Leigh Poppy Trail 

To mark this year’s centenary of the Royal British Legion, the Leigh Branch contacted us at the Town Council on the possibility of working together to produce a themed art trail for around the Town during Remembrance Tide 2021.

With the help of local artist Kerry Doyland, we came up with the idea of producing a trail of poppies throughout Leigh to help mark the special occasion. Local artists, groups, schools and residents are all invited to take part and to paint or decorate a poppy in any way they see fit.

We originally hoped to have 100 poppies in the trail to celebrate the 100 years of the Royal British Legion, but by August had already smashed this target. We are totally overwhelmed with how many people have wanted to be involved in the project.

You will be able to find the majority of poppies in Leigh Community Centre and Leigh Library Gardens. But there may also be poppies displayed on gates, railings, homes and shop fronts around Leigh.

The poppies have been cut from MDF in two sizes and artists have been encouraged to paint, draw, collage using any media and whatever subject matter they want to decorate the poppies. Those taking part have been asked to make a voluntary donation to the Legion to help cover the cost of materials, with all profits being donated to the Poppy Appeal.

The event launch will coincide with the RBL’s Annual Poppy Appeal Launch Coffee Morning at Leigh Community Centre on the 30th October.

Check out our social media for updates about the poppies and where you can find them. Our dedicated arts group Instagram page @leightowncouncilartsgroup will also have behind the scene images of some of the poppies being created.