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Poppy symbols painted on roads appear across Cardiff

Credit: Cardiff Council

Poppy symbols have been painted on side roads next to war memorials in eleven locations across Cardiff, as a mark of respect to theservicemen and servicewomen that have served, fought and died for our country.

The floor markings of a red poppy, with the bilingual caption ‘Lest We Forget’ underneath is a reminder to everyone that passes by to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Huw Thomas said: “This year, due the ongoing pandemic and the restrictions on gatherings of people, there are a limited number of parades for people to visit and lay their wreaths and pay their respects.

“The markings have been put down on side roads across the city as a symbol, so we can collectively pay our respects to all those that have served and lost their lives in both current and past conflicts.

“With the sad loss of life during the pandemic this year, it is also an opportunity to think of all those who have been affected by coronavirus, especially staff, nurses and doctors that are fighting on the front-line against the virus in hospitals across the country.

“Due to the restrictions that have put in place due to the pandemic, there has also been very little opportunity for people to collect and donate to the Poppy Appeal. This can be done online and I encourage everyone to donate if they are able to do so.”

All of the floor markings will be in place by tomorrow (November 5th) and have been delivered and paid for by Roman Road Markings. Two markings have been painted on side roads near the National War Memorial at Alexandra Gardens, as well as in Grangetown, Llandaff, Whitchurch, Lisvane, St Mellons, Radyr, Rumney and Rhiwbina.

Due to Welsh Government Coronavirus Regulations which place restrictions on outdoor public gatherings, general access to the National War Memorial and the surrounding Alexandra Gardens will not be possible on the morning of Sunday, November 8.

Arrangements have been made this year which will allow members of the public to participate in the National Service of Remembrance for Wales, safely in their own homes.

For the first time, the service will be available to watch live on the Cardiff Council YouTube channel. Coverage will start from 10.50am on Sunday, November 8, available at www.youtube.com/cardiffcouncil.

Broadcast from the National War Memorial in Cardiff, the coverage will capture a small, socially distanced service, conducted by Reverend Canon Stewart Lisk.

The road markings have been placed at the following locations:

  • Alexandra Gardens
  • Homesdale Street – Grange Gardens
  • The Cathedral Green – Llandaff
  • Penlline Road – Whitchurch
  • Lisvane Road – Lisvane
  • Chapel Row – St Mellons
  • Heol Isaf – Radyr
  • Wentloog Road – Rumney
  • Lon Ucha – Rhiwbina
  • Beaumaris Road – Rumney