A poppy-filled ‘Thank You’ day, as Trentham marks wartime milestone
Visitors to The Trentham Estate can help say ‘Thank You’ to all those who served and sacrificed in the First World War during a special remembrance event within the Shopping Village later this month.
Already marking the end of the Great War, 100 years ago, with a striking ‘Thank You’ Wall - which is now filling up with red poppy stickers in an innovative fund-raising campaign – The Trentham Estate’s special day will take place on Sunday 28 October.
With the Wall taking centre stage, the free-to-enter event at Trentham Shopping Village, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, will also feature the Adamson Military Band, First World War poetry readings, a military vehicle display and themed entertainment.
Weather permitting, the event will also include a spotter plane fly-over, while “Winston Churchill” will also make an appearance during the day to deliver one of his historic speeches.
Joining the Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ initiative commemorating a century since the guns fell silent on the world’s first truly global war, The Trentham Estate is raising money for the Legion’s Poppy Appeal 2018.
A hoarding at the end of the Shopping Village extension has been transformed into the ‘Thank You’ Wall to show a sunlit green field and one lone poppy. Over the last few weeks, visitors have been helping turn the green field red by buying special poppy stickers and placing them on the Remembrance Wall.
Stickers are still available at £3 each from the Shopping Village’s nostalgic gift shop ‘Got 2 Have One’, which is producing memorabilia for the Royal British Legion and helping to raise awareness with a commemorative First World War inspired window display.
By the end of October it is hoped the green ‘field’ will have become completely red, with each poppy representing a personal ‘Thank You’ from shoppers and visitors to all those who ‘served, sacrificed and changed our world’. The ‘Thank You’ Wall will remain in place up until Armistice Day, 11 November 2018.
This year’s Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal will be launched nationally on Saturday 27th October and proceeds from the sale of Trentham’s poppy stickers will go to the Legion’s Appeal.
Trentham’s ‘Thank You’ day will be staged 11-4pm, on Sunday 28 October 2018.
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Notes to editors: The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.
It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3.2m visitors per year and was awarded a Gold Accolade by VisitEngland in February 2018 in recognition of the quality visitor experience offered. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted just over 725,000 visits in 2017 - making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK. They were also named the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015. Owned and managed by St. Modwen, the expert developer and regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate, which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. The Estate boasts: The famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 18th Century. The Trentham Garden Centre and newly expanded Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries with a 119-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel. Trentham Monkey Forest - a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment for this endangered species. Extensive woodlands.