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Poppies Prepare for Their Return Home

Soon to be cascading down from the top of Derby's famous Silk Mill, the site of the world's oldest factory, are ceramic poppies from the stunning display at the Tower Of London.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was created by Derby artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

It astonished visitors nationally and internationally and was so popular that elements of the installation have been touring the UK for the past two years.

In Derby, the Weeping Window of poppies will officially be on view from June 9 until July 23 but, as you can see from our picture, some of the ceramic flowers have already begun to appear.

A team from several key organisations, led by Pauline Latham and Derby City Council has worked tirelessly to bring the poppies to the city.

They believed that it was appropriate for them to be seen in the city which has such strong links with the First World War but also where the poppies were created - artist Paul Cummins is a former University Of Derby student and his studio is on Pride Park in the city.

The Weeping Window installation is being complemented by a Derby Remembers programme during the summer.

This will comprise of events at Derby Book Festival, at Derby Quad, Derby Cathedral and the city's libraries and museums.

An exciting learning programme has also been devised for primary and secondary schools and a Derby Remembers app has been created to take visitors on a digital trail through the city centre.

Businesses are also taking up the project with gusto, so don't be surprised to see shop frontages with poppy themes or even poppies stencilled into the pavements of the city centre.

The poppies are likely to attract many thousands of outsiders and also rejuvenate a pride of Derby among our citizens.

Ours is a city which has a rich history and vibrant present. The poppies represent both.

They will be available to see from dawn until dusk, free of charge.