Thieves make off with resort’s fundraising poppy seeds

Poppy seeds have been stolen.
Poppy seeds have been stolen.

Thieves have stolen poppy seeds on sale to raise money for a town-wide First World War fund raiser.

But the chief organiser of the Morecambe Poppy Scatter says their callous actions have failed to stop his big plans from flowering.

Steve Trainor, a Heysham bus driver who came up with the idea for the Poppy Scatter, said the public response to his campaign has been remarkable – with six million seeds sold in just over a month, raising more than £6,000 for money will be donated to the British Legion and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission . Mr Trainor now aims to sell one seed for every soldier killed in World War One and raise the equivalent in money, £136,904.30p.

The Morecambe Poppy Scatter will continue until mid-June to grow flowers until August, in a colourful tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One this summer.

Mr Trainor said the theft of 20 packets of seeds from Bon Marche in the Arndale was “disheartening” but “the fact that we’ve sold six million in a month more than compensates for it”.

Fundraisers for the Poppy Scatter include a race night at the York Hotel on April 5.