Senior Chaplain for the Anglican Church in Norway, Dr. Brian Russell and the UK's Ambassador to Norway, Jane Owen

British Ambassador to Norway plants poppy seeds to mark First World War Centenary

Posted on centenarynews.com on 29 May 2014
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The British Ambassador to Norway, Jane Owen, has sown poppy seeds in the gardens of the British Embassy, with the aim that they will bloom in August 2014 to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

She was accompanied by British Defence Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Matt Skuse and the Senior Chaplain for the Anglican Church in Norway, Dr. Brian Russell.

Dr. Russell spoke of the importance of remembering conflicts such as the First World War in order to maintain and build peace in our own time.

Ambassador Owen highlighted the huge symbolism invested in the poppy in Britain and act as a visual tribute to the millions of Britons who died in the First World War. She said that British embassies around the world have also been sowing poppies in their gardens to mark the Centenary of the conflict.

Phoebe Donnelly, aged 14, read a poem she had written in memory of the sacrifice made by British servicemen during the war, entitled 'Where poppies bloom'

Source: UK Government press release

Date of press release publication: 28/05/2014

Images courtesy of the UK Government

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News