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Poppies pay tribute at Lancaster’s old army barracks

Students, staff and members of the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum view poppies planted on the site of the former Bowerham Barracks.
Students, staff and members of the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum view poppies planted on the site of the former Bowerham Barracks.

Poppies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War have been planted in an historic part of the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria.

The bright red flowers now border the chapel of what was once Bowerham Barracks.

“From the 1880s until 1959 when the army stopped using the barracks thousands of men would have passed through here,” Peter Donnelly, curator of the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, said. “This is very appropriate and keeps the link between the university and regiment alive.”

Staff and students involved in the Green Minds wellbeing initiative at the Lancaster campus at the university came up with the idea to commemorate the heritage the campus and buildings share with the King’s Own Royal Regiment.

“I think anything that maintains that bond is important to keep going and it helps students staff appreciate the bond that exists in a special place to learn and study,” Mark Christie, senior lecturer in sport and physical activity, said.