Coulsdon marks 100 days to Armistice centenary with poppies

Giant poppies have been placed along the high street in Coulsdon, marking the final 100 days before the centenary of Armistice Day

Remembrance Sunday may seem a little far off just yet, away through the mists of autumn, but large British Legion-style poppies have already started appearing around Coulsdon and other parts of Croydon.

Of course, 2018 marks the centenary of the Armistice being declared in World War I, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, and the cessation of hostilities in what was supposed to be “the war to end all wars”.

We are now in the final 100 days before November 11 this year, a poignant count down which residents’ associations in Coulsdon, together with the Royal British Legion, marked on Sunday with a commemoration walk, with 100 people covering one-kilometre around Grange Park in Old Coulsdon.

The post office on this busy Coulsdon junction is flanked by poppies

And as a long-lasting reminder of the war, the giant poppies, which are about 18in in diameter, have already been put in place in Coulsdon Town Centre, on Old Coulsdon parade, Rickman Hill, near Woodmansterne Station in Chipstead Valley Road, Old Lodge Lane, Stoats Nest Road, Taunton Lane, Lacy Green Parade, Marlpit Lane Memorial Ground, Coulsdon South and Coulsdon Town stations.

The poppies should also start to be fixed to lamp posts elsewhere in the borough, with residents’ associations in Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Selsdon, Coulsdon West, East Coulsdon, Old Coulsdon, Hartley and District, Kenley, Spring Park and South Norwood all taking part.

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