A stunning cascade of handmade ceramic poppies will be crafted and installed in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park for Armistice Day 2018 - and all are invited to get involved and show their respects.
Open access workshops are being held in the Pontypridd beauty spot over the coming weeks, enabling people to attend and create a ceramic poppy, which will form part of the cascade. These include an evening session and special half-term evens with RCT Rocks for children.
Special sessions will take place on Saturday, October 20 for serving and retired members of the armed forces and their loved ones.
The cascade will be in the park's Middle Avenue, alongside the existing silent soldier silhouettes. Due to the importance of the memorial, Middle Avenue will be renamed "Walk of Remembrance" to further honour the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.
The workshops are free to attend and all materials needed to create your very own poppy will be provided.
It will be a chance for people to reflect, remember and create a lasting memorial and symbol of gratitude for the men and women who served and made the ultimate sacrifice - and those who are still serving - in conflicts across the world.
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park is a fitting location for the poignant poppy cascade, as it was renamed in honour of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in World Wars I and II.
It has since become a memorial for all those who have served, or are serving, the country in the Armed Forces and is home to the Roll of Honour and the Silent Soldier installations - each of which has their own unique story you can read.
It has also been proud host to Freedom of the Borough events for the Royal Welsh, the Welsh Guards and RAF St Athan, in recognition to their contributions.
As part of the project, there will be a dedicated session in partnership with Help for Heroes, to enable serving and retired members of the Armed Forces and their families to craft their own poppies for the cascade.
It is hoped 500 poppies will be created over the coming weeks, with the hopes more funding will be secured to enable even more - up to 5,000 to be created for WWII memorials.
Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Deputy Leader and Armed Forces Champion, said: "This is such an inspiring project and I cannot wait to see the finished installation, with hand-made poppies cascading in our lovely Ynysangharad War Memorial Park on Remembrance Day.
"It will be made all the more poignant by the fact each and every one of the poppies in the cascade will have been handmade by one of our residents.
"Huge thanks to the parks staff who have organised not only the drop-in sessions in the park, but are also visiting nearby schools to deliver workshops with school children also.
"I look forward to enjoying the cascade and paying my respects on Remembrance Day."
The sessions are open access and free of charge. However, demand is expected to be high so all those interested are urged to ring the park in advance to check availability in their preferred session.
Wednesday 10th October, 10am – 11am, 11.15am – 12.15pm and 1pm – 2pm
Tuesday 16th October 5pm to 7pm
Thursday 18th October, 10am – 11am, 11.15am – 12.15pm and 1pm – 2pm
Saturday 20th October, 10am-11am, 11.15am-12.15pm and 1pm-2pm for serving and retired armed forces personnel and their loved ones.
Monday 22nd October, 10am – 11am, 11.15am – 12.15pm and 1pm – 2pm
Wednesday 31st October - HALF TERM SPECIAL WITH RCT ROCKS - 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
You can find out more and check availability by calling the park on 01443 404699 or 01443 492475
Posted on Wednesday 3rd October 2018