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Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance (SSFR)

The Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance is a project in partnership with the Leigh Branch of the Royal British Legion and Blade Education that is working to reconnect school children in Southend-on-Sea with the importance of remembrance. By engaging children with stories of those who lived in Southend in the past with a particular emphasis on the Great War and how it changed the lives of those that lived through that period. Throughout the 2017/ 2018 school year we will be holding education sessions, exhibitions and performances with our ambassador schools to bring remembrance to life for the pupils.

SSFR is currently working with 16 schools in the borough and the Project Team led by SSFR Artist, Mary Lister will be making ceramic poppies with around 2000 children aged between 5 and 15 between now and the end of October 2017.

Working on the principal that all children’s work is unique and special, all of the clay poppies made will be painted and waterproofed before being stored safely ready for the SSFR Poppy Exhibition in November.


These poppies will then be made into an exhibition in November that is planned to be held in the Rose Garden on the cliffs below the Southend Cenotaph in the run up to Remembrance Day 2017. All of the schools that are taking part in the project are being invited to attend during the week to hold their own remembrance event, read poetry and hear the Last Post played.

Thanks to the help of local volunteers the exhibition will also be open to the public on Saturday 11th November and will be available for those commemorating the celebration at the Southend Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday to see either before or after the main Remembrance Service.


SSFR has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Leigh Town Council and Southend Borough Council. Workings with us on the project are the South Essex Branch of the Essex Society for Family History, Southend Borough Council Parks Department and Burial Services Department, the Leigh Society and Figure of 8 Education.

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