Portishead site named as one of 100 Centenary Fields for war anniversary

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 September 2018

David Prout wants to put 100 poppies on the statue.

David Prout wants to put 100 poppies on the statue.

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A Portishead site has been named a Centenary Field to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

Battery Point is one of 100 areas across the country to have been given the status which honours the memory of people who died during the conflict.

Battery Point was put forward in 2016 by town councillor John Clark and the scheme, which is run alongside the Royal British Legion (RBL), protects recreational sites from development.

Portishead Town Council clerk, Jo Duffy, said: “The long military history of this part of Portishead makes Battery Point an extremely suitable location as a Centenary Field site and I am very pleased this dedication will take place.”

Battery Point is scheduled to be unveiled on October 17 with a ceremony to mark the occasion being held at 11am.

It is not the only way the town is marking the 100th anniversary since the end of World War One.

David Prout is planning to attach poppies to 100 of the 108 stones on the Full Fathom Five sculpture in the marina.

He is appealing to local businesses for sponsorship and hopes to raise thousands for the RBL.

David said: “To commemorate this year’s significant centenaries of both World War One and the RAF I am intending to put a poppy on 100 of the stones in the Full Fathom Five sculpture at the marina.

“I am going to attach them for the week before and the week after Remembrance Sunday.

“I am intending the poppies are sponsored by 100 local businesses and organisations for £100 each, in keeping with the centenary theme, and raising £10,000 for the RBL.

“The poppies would be the size of the poppies you often see on lorries, and would face looking out to sea.”

Other events and projects are being held across North Somerset to mark the centenary.

Clevedon Pier is placing three There But Not There silhouettes at various points overlooking the Severn Estuary.

Every day during the 100 days leading up to the anniversary on November 11, two of the silhouettes will be named to honour each casualty from Clevedon.

To donate to Portishead’s poppy fundraiser, click here or email portisheadpoppies@gmail.com

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