Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was an exhibition of hand-made ceramic poppies which filled the Tower of London moat from July to November 2014 with each of the 888,246 hand-made poppies representing a fallen British soldier from the First World War.
One of those poppies was bought by Sandiway parishioner Tony Hawes who wanted to pay his own tribute to the war heroes and he decided the best place to keep it would be the Regimental Chapel at the cathedral.
Tony, who was present at a service where the poppy was officially installed at the chapel last Friday, said: “I bought the poppy to make a donation to the heroes and the charities they were representing and I thought it would be more meaningful to display it in the Regimental Chapel, where many people can see it.
“I’m delighted the Dean and Chapter agreed as I didn’t want it to go to waste.”
Chapel is perfect place
The Dean of Chester, The Very Rev Professor Gordon McPhate, added: “I was very excited when Tony came to us with the idea of displaying his poppy inside the cathedral. I don’t believe there could be a place more perfect to keep the poppy than the Regimental Chapel, a small part of the church inherent to all of our lives.
“The symbolism behind the poppy greatly touches the hearts of many and I have no doubt Cestrians will cherish having this poppy within their own cathedral.”
The poppy is displayed in a case that holds just as much symbolism as the ceramic itself and the case consists of a glass tube capped with wood at both ends.
These wood caps are made of 100 year old light oak laminated and layered to represent the textures of earth in a tribute to the dedicated and fallen servicemen of Britain.