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Pupils' stunning poppy display wows racegoers

Children from local schools have First World War artwork exhibited at Newbury Racecourse

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Pupils' poppies wow racegoers

RACEGOERS were treated to a beautiful display of poppies and other First World War-inspired artwork created by children from local schools on Saturday.

In advance of the Worthington’s Armed Forces Raceday, Newbury Racecourse asked primary and secondary schools from across the district to get creative.

The response was overwhelming, with 13 schools and nurseries making more than 1,500 poppies.

In addition, 180 First World War paintings on canvases were provided by pupils from The Downs School near East Ilsley and Downe House School near Cold Ash for racegoers to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

As well as eight thrilling races on the track, the day also featured the launch of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for Berkshire and the Vale of White Horse.

The Armed Farces Raceday raised almost £7,000 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, which provides lifelong support for members of the armed forces and their families.

Head of communications at Newbury Racecourse Andy Clifton said: “We launched the poppy initiative with local primary schools last year and got a great response, and this year included secondary schools too. Some of the work produced by the pupils was outstanding.

“It added greatly to the day, which was a fitting end to a fantastic 2016 flat season at Newbury, with some great racing and plenty of money raised for the Royal British Legion.”

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