The shepway HEART forum believes that the Mark Wallinger Artwork ‘Folk Stones’, situated on the Leas in Folkestone has a particular resonance around the Centenary of the battle of the Somme…. on the first day, 1 July1916, 19,240 men lost their lives, but by the end of the 141 day battle, almost 1m from both sides of the conflict had died….

This year in particular, it is felt that the Centenary of the end of that conflict could be marked with a special display of poppies , surrounding the Artwork, each one representing 1,000 men, so on Remembrance Sunday 13 November 2016, the forum will ‘plant’ 1,000 metal poppies specially sourced for the event. This will on display from the morning of the day, when the Town Parade leaves the Leas Cliff Hall to march towards the Town’s War Memorial for the annual ceremony, and minute’s silence at 11am, and will be on show for the day

To catch sight of the event, find Mark Wallinger’ s Artwork, 100 yards west of the Leas Cliff Hall, on your way to the Remembrance Day Service, or stroll back afterwards, to view it

The Poppies will be available for future events, and will make their way to Calais in 2017 for a Twin fair, and to Shorncliffe for Vimy 100

Mark Wallinger Artwork 'Folk Stones'
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