A bold new sight is coming to Coventry’s roads in time for Remembrance Day.
Giant poppies are being painted on major routes into the city in time for the occasion on November 11.
You will be able to see them on roads close to the Ring Road, near the War Memorial Park, the Council House and at Coventry Cathedral.
The design features the famous red poppy with the words “Lest we forget” alongside it.
The poppies will be installed over the next few days alongside an image that will also be displayed on the city’s variable message signs around the ring road.
Councillor Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: “These poppies are an innovative way of marking Remembrance Day during the coronavirus pandemic and we hope they serve as a poignant reminder to people who pass them that we will always remember and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in war.”
She added: “As a city of peace and reconciliation, we have been determined that although we cannot meet in person to attend our traditional memorial service, we will not forget the sacrifices made during conflicts around the world.”
This year is a particularly poignant Remembrance Day for the city.
It marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. It will also be 80 years since the Blitz that devastated the city on November 14.
Coventry residents have been reminded that they should follow national restrictions and mark Remembrance Day from home.
It will be a different type of commemoration this year, but there are plans in place to help Coventrians mark Remembrance Sunday on November 8 and Remembrance Day on Wednesday November 11.
The updated plans will ensure residents can continue to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for their country.
Coventry City Council and BBC CWR have come together to create a pre-recorded remembrance service, which will be broadcast to watch online on Remembrance Sunday.
How you can watch the online Remembrance service
The programme, which has been produced in partnership with BBC CWR, has been created as a replacement to the more traditional events that are held at the Cenotaph in War Memorial Park and London Road Cemetery, which sadly were unable to take place due to the current national restrictions.
The pre-recorded programme pays tribute to all those who lost their lives and showed such bravery to keep others safe while serving and on the home front. The broadcast will start at 10.55am and will run until 11.20am. It will include the national Two Minute Silence, playing of The Last Post, a reading of The Kohima and the laying of wreaths.
Look: photos from last year’s Remembrance service
In addition to this broadcast, the Council is also encouraging residents to download a poppy from the Royal British Legion’s website and to proudly display the poppy in the windows of their home. To download a poppy and to see how you can further support the Poppy Appeal, you can visit the Royal British Legion’s website.
The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Ann Lucas, said: “It is incredibly sad that we cannot come together at the Cenotaph and at London Road Cemetery to mark this day as we traditionally would due to Covid-19. However, this virus is still a major threat to our city, and we must ensure that we follow the guidelines to protect each other and those that are vulnerable.
“That’s why I want to encourage people to join us this Sunday for this special programme. It is different way of marking the day but I believe that it is still a fitting and moving tribute to all those who gave so much. So please, stay home and join us online this Sunday.”
To watch the broadcast, visit the council’s Remembrance web page. It will also be broadcast live on BBC CWR’s radio channel and website.