Bright flowers pay tribute to 
fallen soldiers

Blooms from the flower art installation "Commemorating Our Heroes Celebrating Our blooms"  which was  a community project led by local artist Salina Somalya and Garstang In Bloom.
Blooms from the flower art installation "Commemorating Our Heroes Celebrating Our blooms" which was a community project led by local artist Salina Somalya and Garstang In Bloom.

A proud community has said it with flowers in a permanent tribute to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

The newly planted sculptural art work of bright poppies and sunflowers at the Mound off Garstang’s High Street is also a celebration 
of the town’s status as an award-winning, flower-filled town.

The hand crafted flowers, made of metal and perspex, are the result of a community project, led by local artist Salina Somalya with Norah Hoyles MBE of Garstang in Bloom, entitled “Commemorating our Heroes, Celebrating our Blooms”

With backing provided by numerous community and business supporters workshops were held with local groups including local school pupils, Brownies, the WI and Sainsbury’s staff.

Salina devised the project as a way of marking both the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and the golden anniversary of the Royal Horticultural Society which runs the Britain in Bloom contest, which Garstang triumphed in.

Salina said: “The RHS are symbolising their anniversary with beautiful sunflowers and poppies are a constant reminder of our heroes. The Brownies and Garstang Community Primary School pupils designed the sunflower and poppy forms.”

Norah added: “It’s come together beautifully.. grateful thanks to our supporters and helpers. I’m so pleased to see it.”

Volunteers, including some of Garstang’s local Bloomers and members of the Garstang Running Club helped plant the flowers in time for Garstang’s Remembrance Sunday procession.

Tony Burrow, a Bloom volunteer said: “It’s been quite exciting really. I think it looks brilliant.”