Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 11.45.09A REMEMBRANCE service to honour those who fought in Gallipoli and the First World War is being held at Middlesbrough Cenotaph.

As part of the commemorations, 10 of the town’s schools have made nearly 2,000 artificial poppies for an art project titled Remembering Gallipoli and Our War.

The poppies have been made from materials including ceramics, plastic bottles, paper and foam and will be planted in the flowerbeds surrounding the Cenotaph to create the Middlesbrough Schools Field of Poppies.

The service and poppy unveiling will take place on Thursday, April 23 at 10am at the Linthorpe Road monument.

Whilst the service is school led, any members of the public who lost loved ones or family members during the Gallipoli conflict are welcome to attend.

Saturday, April 25 will mark exactly 100 years to the day that Australians and New Zealanders landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula in 1915.

The eight and a half month campaign led to the deaths of more than 130,000 soldiers, of which more than 21,000 were British.

The poppies will be in situ for one week and CCTV will monitor the area during this period.

  • For more information regarding the service Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Officer Susie Blood on 01642 729645 or email