From London to Bradfield Combust - ceramic poppy takes pride of place

A ceramic poppy from the Tower of London is now on display in All Saints Church in Bradfield Combust

A ceramic poppy from the Tower of London is now on display in All Saints Church in Bradfield Combust. Outgoing church warden, Doris Wright and Wing Commander Andy Tucker are pictured. - Credit: Archant

A ceramic poppy from the Tower of London centenary display now takes pride of place in a west Suffolk church.

Wing Commander Andy Tucker, from Bradfield Combust, was so moved by the installation in London to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War he decided to purchase two poppies, knowing the proceeds go to six service charities.

Mr Tucker, who retired from the Royal Air Force after a 32-year career, chose to keep one poppy for himself and donate the other to All Saints Church in his home village where it features alongside a First World War centenary display.

He described the poppy as “simple in stature, but superior in sentiment”.

“The ceramic poppy is now situated alongside the World War One plaque in the church which was refurbished in time for last summer’s World War One centenary commemoration following a private donation.”

Mr Tucker, who is also a councillor on Bradfield Combust with Stanningfield Parish Council, spearheaded a campaign for a war memorial on the village green, which was officially unveiled in the summer.

It features the names of nine men; five of whom lost their lives in the First World War and four in the Second World War.

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The Tower of London installation, called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, was created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper and involved 888,246 ceramic poppies.