Giant poppy to light up Guildford Cathedral

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A giant poppy is to be projected on to Guildford Cathedral at the start of this year’s Poppy Appeal.

The Royal British Legion and the Cathedral have joined forces to arrange a spectacular sound and light show on the evening of Friday October 25.

In total darkness the poppy symbol will be projected onto the Cathedral’s majestic tower, marked by a Legion salute with a difference.

“As far as we know, this is the first time that a poppy has been projected onto a cathedral,” says Graham Ferris, The Royal British Legion Head of Community Fundraising for London and the South East. “It will be one of the most memorable events in the Surrey Poppy Appeal, and The Legion is grateful to the staff of Guildford Cathedral for making this a truly memorable occasion happen.

To honour the occasion, some 40 members of The Royal British Legion Riders – the Legion’s membership branch for biking enthusiasts – will roar onto the Cathedral forecourt to perform a Rev of Remembrance.

The Army Cadet Force band will play before, as the Legion standards dip, the lights go off for a minute silence before the giant poppy bedazzles the tower.

The poppy image will be projected again on the evenings of Saturday October 26 and Sunday November 10 and Monday November 11.

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