Unveiling of poppy sculpture by General Sir William Cubitt

The unveiling of a beautiful poppy sculpture by master blacksmith Nigel Barnett took place at North Norfolk District Council offices in Cromer.

Poppies in Steel, rising seven feet high, was officially unveiled to mark the launch of
north Norfolk’s commemorations of the First World War centenary years.

Military personnel and other VIPs assembled in the garden area at the front of North Norfolk District Council’s Cromer headquarters to see the magnificent 12 poppies revealed.

It was created and donated by master blacksmith Nigel Barnett from Fakenham who has a forge at Fransham, near Dereham.

Mr Barnett’s grandfather was honoured for bravery at Ypres in the Great War. Later on in life he served with distinction in the Second World War.

As part of the ceremony a Tornado, from RAF Marham, flew low over the scene in tribute.

Major General Sir William Cubitt, Norfolk president of the Royal British Legion, who performed the unveiling, commented how strikingly beautiful the sculpture was.

Representatives from the armed forces attended and the moving event included a minute’s silence and a reading of the First World war poem In Flanders Fields.

The afternoon was complete when everyone sang Happy Birthday to Second World War veteran Bill Lee, who was celebrating his 92nd birthday.

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