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Council uniquely commemorates war centenary

Poppy vinyl on SLDC refuse vehicle

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has uniquely marked 100 years since the end of the First World War by placing poppy signage on their fleet of wagons.

According to the Royal British Legion, the council is the first authority to commemorate the sacrifice of those who have served in the Armed Forces in such a way.

The large vinyl signs have been produced by Milnthorpe business, C M Signs, and will be placed on eight of SLDC’s vehicles by the company.

As Remembrance Sunday approaches, the council say the initiative is a gesture of appreciation to honour anyone who has fought for the country.

Councillor Dyan Jones, SLDC’s environment portfolio holder, said: “We are extremely proud to be joining the nation in remembering this significant moment in history with such a unique scheme.

“The impact of the First World War was far reaching and touched the lives of so many, including local communities across South Lakeland.

“All those years ago, and in conflicts since, ordinary people have done extraordinary things to protect the country’s values and freedoms that we enjoy today.”

SLDC has worked in partnership with the Royal British Legion throughout the initiative, with the charity designing the imagery of the vinyl signs.

A Royal British Legion spokesperson added: “We are proud to see our logo on SLDC vehicles, the first such vehicles in the country to be ‘wearing’ their poppies with pride.

“Working with organisations such as SLDC on initiatives like this helps raise the profile of the RBL, which is invaluable.

“This year’s fundraising total in Cumbria is over £530,000. This money will go towards the charity’s national total of £46m, to continue the vital work of delivering practical life care and support to the Armed Forces community.”

11 November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.

The poppy symbolises remembrance and hope, it is worn by millions of people every year as the country remembers those who have sacrificed their lives for the nation’s freedoms.

For more information on Remembrance Sunday, please visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk.

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