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Poppies to Paddington

Wreaths from across Great Western Railway network to be carried to the capital

Poppies to Paddington

10 November 2023

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Across the County of Wiltshire and the Great Western Railway (GWR) network, platform ceremonies were held as swathes of poppy wreaths were sent to Paddington in time for Remembrance Day. Wiltshire ACF supported Swindon, Westbury & Chippenham stations

Swindon Station.

Sword Company supported the Swindon Station with HRH Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton. The mayor of Swindon, Cllr Barbara Parry, Army Commander South West, Colonel Gary McDade, and local communities

Chippenham Station

Cadets and Adult Instructors from Abbeyfield Detachment supported the Chippenham Station event before returning to Abbeyfield School for their school remembrance event.

Westbury Station

Cadets and Adult Instructors from Juno Company and Westbury Detachment supported the Westbury Station event with the Mayor of Westbury, Cllr Mike Sutton

The Veterans Charity

Swathes of poppy wreaths were placed on Great Western Railway trains and carried to London Paddington station for Remembrance Day.

Our special 'Poppies to Paddington' operation involved ten train services and more than 60 stations covering the length and breadth of the Great Western network.

On arrival at Paddington the wreaths were placed at the station’s iconic war memorial, on Platform 1, in time for the Remembrance Day service at 1100 which was broadcast on GWR's Facebook Page.

Poppies to Paddington was created by The Veterans Charity and with fabulous support from GWR, is our way of helping our communities to ensure our fallen heroes are remembered during the Covid Restrictions but is still carried on today.

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    Swindon Poppies ready to board from Swindon

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    Cadets showing their respects

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    London to Paddington Train

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    Sword Company

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    Juno Company

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    Westbury Detachment

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    Abbeyfield Detachment

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    Poppy Wreath handover

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