Largest human poppy to mark First World War Centenary breaks Guinness World Record

Posted on on 03 May 2014
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Members of the local community in Hampshire, England, joined staff and students at the Sixth Form College Farnborough to create a human poppy to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The record for largest human flower was broken as 2250 people took part on Friday 2nd May 2014. Amongst them were 75 soldiers from The Guards, Gurkhas and Military Police.

The event was organised to mark 100 years since the start of the conflict and in support of the Royal British Legion.

Aldershot Garrison Commander, Colonel Charlie Lambert, said that he was "delighted" to be able support Farnborough Sixth Form College in their efforts.

He described the record-breaking feat as a "fantastically thought provoking challenge".

"Today, this symbol of sacrifices and Remembrance is directly linked back to Aldershot, the Home of the British Army from where Field Marshal Haig, then a General, deployed with the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914".

Simon Jarvis, Principal at The Sixth Form College Farnborough, said that the college "was honoured to be able to host this record breaking event".

"We are delighted that so many staff and students from the College and members of the local community played their part in helping to establish a new World Record, raise funds for The Royal British Legion and commemorate the Centenary of the start of the First World War".

Source: Royal British Legion press release

Date of press release publication: 02/05/2014

Images courtesy of the Royal British Legion

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News