Paul Cummins Ceramics

Thousands Flock to see Poppies

More than 82,000 people have visited the Weeping Window display at Derby Silk Mill, during its first two weeks.

The Weeping Window ceramic poppies are part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red display, by Bondholder Paul Cummins, which was originally on display at the Tower of London. 

The display has attracted visitors from around the globe, with visitors travelling from New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and the USA.

The display has also helped increase footfall in the city centre. 

Martin Langsdale, chair of Bondholder Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District, said: "We are delighted that the poppies are located within the Cathedral Quarter and in particular on such an iconic building as the Silk Mill. The installation looks fantastic and the feedback we have received from businesses and visitors alike has been very positive."

he exhibition, created by Bondholder Paul Cummins Ceramics, was brought to the city following a bid from Derby City Council, Marketing Derby, Derby Museums Trust, Derby Quad, Derby Live and Pauline Latham MP.  

Bid to bring poppies back to Derby

Thousands of poppies from Bondholder Paul Cummins' popular Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London could be returning to Derby in November 2017.

I spoke to many of the key organisations in the city who all expressed a desire to be involved
— Pauline Latham

Submitted by MP Pauline Latham, a bid to have the Weeping Window section of the installation erected at Derby Silk Mill is in progress with many companies supporting the bid.

Pauline said: "I spoke to many of the key organisations in the city, including Rolls-Royce, the Royal British Legion, Derby City Council, Derby QUAD, Marketing Derby, Derby Cathedral and the Derby Telegraph, who all expressed a desire to be involved."

She continues: "A presentation was given to the people making the decision and we also showed them the site, explaining how we would create an education programme for local schools and a poppy trail for visitors around the city's war memorials."

Competition includes Stoke and a decision will be made in March. Fingers crossed!