Fylde coast hospitals launch WW1 Centenary event – please join us

The Kings Liverpool RAMC 65th Field Ambulance in 1915 in what is thought to be Cheltenham Road, Blackpool

Blackpool Victoria Hospital is to mark the centenary of World War 1 with a unique memorial – and wants your help to make it even more special.

From October 26 there will be an innovative interactive art installation, The Poppy Memorial, which will be housed in the main entrance at the Hospital to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 but also recognise those who have been involved in any armed conflict since.

Anyone who has been touched by conflict can send in a picture, name or message to be displayed within the installation for the duration of the display.

Associate Director of Facilities at the Trust, Nigel Fort said: “We would love to display personal commemorations within our ground-breaking installation, the likes of which have never been seen within a hospital setting.

A WWI display outside the main entrance at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

“Using the memories of the local community and Trust staff will really bring a personal dimension to this very special space and will really add a reality to the displays and events we have planned from October 26 until November 11.”

This special art installation will be decorated by more than 20,000 handmade poppies which have kindly been donated from generous knitters and crocheters.

They, along with the public, are invited to a special unveiling event on Friday October 26 at 11am in the main entrance of Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The two week display will be closed with a Remembrance service on Friday, November 9 at 11am in the main entrance of Blackpool Victoria Hospital. All are welcome to attend.

Dedications can be left at the reception desk in Blackpool Victoria’s main entrance (opposite the multi storey car park) or can be emailed to: Nigel.Fort@nhs.net.

There will also be WW1 displays at Clifton Hospital in St Annes.

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