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Poppy displays mark Armistice Day centenary

Poppies will light up Colchester’s iconic Castle as an act of remembrance over three nights

Poppies will light up Colchester’s iconic Castle as an act of remembrance over three nights this week.

From dusk until 9pm during the evenings of the 9th and 10th November, and until 8pm on 11 November, the front of the Castle will be turned into an animated memorial, lit up with a vivid display that will also feature more than 1,200 names of the fallen from Colchester.

The area directly in front of the Castle, inside Castle Park, will remain open for the public to view the poignant display at close quarters.

The projection is part of a series of events by Colchester Borough Council to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 and has been designed and created by local independent arts collective Buffalo Tank in association with Colchester Events Company.

Four large poppies already feature prominently on the Town Hall in tribute to the victims of war.

The Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Peter Chillingworth, said: “This state-of-the-art display is another fitting tribute for Colchester to remember its heroic fallen and all those lost in war. Projecting the display on Colchester Castle will provide a poignant backdrop to the War Memorial on the High Street.

“Even though the projection doesn’t have any sound or music, I hope it will provide an opportunity for people to spend time thinking about the sacrifices and contributions of all former and current service men and women, to whom we owe an enormous debt of gratitude.”

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