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Swansea civic dignitaries send poppies to Paddington

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Swansea’s Lord Mayor, Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and the council leader were among dignitaries to gather at High Street station earlier this morning for a special Great Western train to take Poppies to Paddington.

To mark Remembrance Day, Great Western Railway organised a Poppies to Paddington operation that saw wreaths sent from towns and cities across its network to be laid at the war memorial on Platform 1 at Paddington Station.

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A special Remembrance ceremony took place on the station concourse (Image: Swansea Council)

A special Remembrance ceremony took place on the station concourse to mark the occasion, before wreaths were hand-delivered to train staff for the safe journey to London.

It is the second year that the tribute has taken place.

Lord Mayor of Swansea, Cllr Mary Jones and High Sheriff of West Glamorgan Joanna Jenkins carrying wreaths along Platform 2 in Swansea train station (Image: Swansea Council)

More than 100 wreaths were taken by train to the capital from towns and cities altogether, as GWR again joined forces with The Veterans Charity to coordinate the Poppies to Paddington operation.

Lord Mayor of Swansea, Cllr Mary Jones said: “I would like to thank Great Western Railway for working with our Armed Forces on arranging this tribute and for inviting Swansea and other communities across the UK to take part.”

Leader of Swansea Council, Cllr Rob Stewart and the council’s Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Wendy Lewis carry wreaths to be placed on the London-bound train (Image: Swansea Council)

Danny Greeno, CEO of The Veterans Charity, said: “Working with GWR last year was brilliant and really helped make it special, so this year there were many more operators, expanding it even further.

“The pandemic hasn’t gone away yet, so this was for the veterans, who can see that Remembrance is happening in a very unique way. Plus it celebrates the deep links between the railways and the military.”

Wreaths from Swansea placed on the London-bound train (Image: Swansea Council)

Lt General Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said: “The pandemic has highlighted the importance of those people who put others before themselves. During the national remembrance period Great Western Railway is once again commemorating the services and sacrifice of members of the Armed Forces along their routes who, by their very duty, put others before themselves.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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