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Photo reminder of poppy field at Stamford’s Borderville Sports Centre

Borderville poppies EMN-161008-150857001
Borderville poppies EMN-161008-150857001

A nostalgic ceremony has taken place to provide a permanent reminder of a spectacular field of red poppies.

Amateur photographer Alan Romaine, of Blackstones Court, Stamford, took a series of stunning colour studies of the final sea of poppies at Borderville prior to building work starting on the sports centre, incorporating Stamford AFC’S Zeeco Stadium, two years ago.

When it was suggested that a montage of his pictures should be on permanent display at the Borderville complex he readily agreed, especially as the Stamford branch of the Royal British Legion, whose iconic emblem is a poppy, has made its headquarters there and contributed to a memorial wall and garden.

Sadly Alan, a keen indoor bowls player and former footballer with Stamford Rovers, was unable through illness to personally present the framed montage jointly to the Daniels and the Royal British Legion at a 1960s night in the shared function room.

He asked his friend Brian Gibbons, who belongs to both organisations, to deputise and he was only too pleased to present the picture to Stamford AFC’s commercial manager Paul Pepper and chairman of the Stamford branch of the Royal British Legion Ray Beresford.

Brian said: “The poppy field in Stamford used to be well known so the link with the Royal British Legion and the Daniels, who play in red, is strong.”


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