On Sunday, the 7th of November Noreen Riols will be selling rememberance poppies.
The tradition of remembrance poppies started nearly 90 years ago. The poppies symbolise the wild flowers that were the first plants to grow in the churned-up soil of soldiers' graves in Belgium and northern France following World War I. Their paper-thin red petals were the first signs of life and renewal, and in 1915 inspired Canadian doctor John McCrae to pen the famous wartime poem:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row...
It was this poem which then inspired an American war secretary to sell the first poppies to raise money for ex-soldiers.
Feel free to give as little or as much as you can afford.