Lord Mayor’s visit Launches ‘RICHMOND POPPIES’ Tour in York

Donkeys were in attendance at York Army Museum as a cascade of hundreds of crafted purple poppies were officially revealed on Saturday, April 13 at 1.00 pm to The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of York, the Rev Councillor Chris Cullwick, Lady Mayoress, Mrs Joy Cullwick, Sheriff of York, Ms Sue Hunter and Sheriff’s Consort, Mr Nigel Goodwin.


Donkeys Gary and Eeyore greeted the Lord Mayor’s party and behaved beautifully!


Crafted to raise awareness of the roles played by animals and birds across the globe in theatres of war, past and present, the ‘Northern Tour’ of purple poppies will spend two months at the Museum before moving to the Museum of Military Life in Carlisle(June-July) and the Cheshire Military Museum in Chester (October – December).  Original organisers and crafters Christine Sellers, Valerie Blease, Lynn Rutherford and Vera Watson were also at the Launch.  Christine said, ‘we are absolutely delighted that the poppies will be seen across the North over the coming months and that people will connect with their significance.’


President of the Donkey Breed Society, UK, Bill Tetlow, who attended the event, said: ‘We are honoured that The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress were able to take time out of their busy schedules to visit the display.  We are very grateful to the York Army Museum for allowing us to begin The Richmond Poppies’ journey in York’.


The Tour will also raise awareness of the UK’s official acknowledgement of International War Animal Day, that took place in February, and the purple poppy campaign of the War Horse Memorial Organisation.  The display brings together education, aesthetic appeal and a recognition of the importance of crafting and charity.


This poignant display is at the Museum until the end of May.

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