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Projects planned to mark 100th anniversary of World War One end

PUBLISHED: 06:54 05 November 2017

Reeds Rains director Martin Bowley with Portishead in Bloom members Judith Burrill and Ian Murphy setting up a collection point for bottle tops.

Reeds Rains director Martin Bowley with Portishead in Bloom members Judith Burrill and Ian Murphy setting up a collection point for bottle tops.

Tracey Fowler

A project to mark 100 years since the armistice at the end of World War One has been launched in Portishead – and adults and children are being urged to get involved.

The ambitious community initiative, which has been dreamt up by Portishead In Bloom, involves creating bottle top art, but it will take a lot of preparation for it to be successfully pulled off.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of red and black plastic tops from milk cartons, juice bottles and similar, are needed for a poppy display to mark the centenary next year.

Portishead In Bloom volunteer, Judith Burrill, believes it will be a great sight once pulled together and worthy of the soldiers who died protecting their country from 1914-18.

She said: “We would like to create a display of 64 poppies 
in memory of the 64 men from Portishead who gave their lives during the Great War.

“If we get enough bottle tops, there are other poppy displays we would love to see, but these are still in the research 
stages.

“We really are reliant on the amount of support we receive from members of the community.”

An exact location about where the finished artwork 
will be stored has not been agreed as yet, however Jubilee Park and the entrance to Portishead are two of the sites which are being considered.

Members of the public willing to donate bottle tops can drop them in at Reeds Rains Estate Agents in Portishead High Street, Portishead TaxSavers, in the same road, or at The Ship in Redcliffe Bay.

Other town organisations 
are also beginning to consider what they will do to mark the 100th anniversary of the end 
of the war.

Portishead Town Council 
will discuss centenary suggestions at its meeting next week.

Among the ideas under consideration is the creation of a new memorial stone in the town garden, which sits between Station Road and Harbour Road.

The meeting to debate the idea will begin at 7.30pm on Wednesday.

* Anyone wanting to submit other commemorative ideas to the town council can do so by emailing them to office@portishead.gov.uk or by dropping a note into the town council offices at the Folk Hall in Portishead High Street.

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