Poppy display to grow as participants in Seaham coast run place crosses

Coun. Barry Taylor at the Line of Reconcilliation next to the Cenotaph, Terrace Green, Seaham, with runners in the  four mile Poppy Run will stop and place memorial cross

Coun. Barry Taylor at the Line of Reconcilliation next to the Cenotaph, Terrace Green, Seaham, with runners in the four mile Poppy Run will stop and place memorial cross

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Runners will take part in a town’s festival of remembrance by planting crosses at the end of their runs a mark of respect to war heroes.

About 60 people have already signed up to take part in the Seaham Coast Run tomorrow.

The runners are really excited about it and are looking forward to being part of it and it brings on all sorts of emotions, especially as some who have grandparents who were involved in the war effort.

Councillor Barry Taylor

The annual event will see people cover a four-mile route from the Tommy statue on the Terrace Green along to the first car park on North Road, then to Nose’s Point, in Dawdon, before returning to the foot of the First World War-inspired artwork.

There, competitors will be invited to place a cross in a Line of Reconciliation which has been established as part of Seaham Town Council’s events in the lead-up to November 11.

Councillor Barry Taylor, who has organised the run for the last seven years, said: “I was talking to the Mayor Bruce Burn and we put our heads together about the Poppy Appeal and came up with the idea of combining them both.

“I’m over the moon with it, I think it’s an excellent thing for Seaham to do.

“The runners are really excited about it and are looking forward to being part of it, and it brings on all sorts of emotions, especially as some have grandparents who were involved in the war effort.”

A flag pole has been erected on the Terrace Green, with a flag raised each day and lowered at 7pm during weekdays and 6.30pm at weekends, with a series of ceremonies held in the run- up to Remembrance Day.

Crosses decorated with poppies to place in the line are being sold by cafes and shops in the town.

Tomorrow’s run will start at 1pm and it is free to join, with donations to be made to the Royal British Legion.

A ceremony will then follow at 2pm.

Remembrance celebrations will also be built into the town’s firework display, which will be held on the seafront on Friday, November 6, starting at 7pm.