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Ceramic poppies coming back home to Stoke-on-Trent

Thousands of ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of the First World War are to go on display in Stoke-On-Trent.

14-18 NOW have confirmed that the poppy tour will visit the city in 2018.

It is the culmination of two-and-a-half years of campaigning – the city council led the bid, but its success was only possible with the enthusiastic support of a range of partners across the local media, museums, education establishments, arts groups, local armed forces and, of course, our world famous ceramics manufacturers. 

Potclays supplied 497 tonnes of Stoke-on-Trent clay for the work, and Johnson Tiles fired 440,000 of the poignant poppies – around half of the 880,246 made to honour every death in the British forces during the First World War.

More than five million people saw the Wave and Weeping Window display at the Tower of London in 2014, and since then a further 1.5m people have seen them while it went on a UK tour in 2015.

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