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Blood-red sea of poppies at Oakham Castle pay heartbreaking tribute to First World War heroes




More than 10,000 handmade poppies have been planted in front of Oakham Castle to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The heartrending blood-red tribute sweeps on to the bank facing the church in an emotion-charged salute to thousands of Rutland servicemen killed and injured in the Great War.

The Rutland Poppy Project was officially launched by Dr Sarah Furness, Rutland's Lord Lieutenant, in a packed ceremony in bright sunshine at Oakham Castle on Sunday.


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