Poppy memorial to those who lost their lives in the First World War

Thanks to the people of Devon, we are staging a moving tribute to the 11,500 men and women from the county who lost their lives in the First World War.

Our stewards will be creating a river of 32,000 poppies in the majestic Crafts and Gardens Pavilion and a smaller display will be on show in the BBC exhibition.

All the poppies have been handmade by people who are paying respect to those who fought and died.

Poppies are roughly the same size but they are made of a variety of materials including wool, leather, wood and even metal.

The vast majority of poppies are red and some are dedicated to the maker’s relative who died in the War; others are purple and created in tribute to the animals which died in the war effort.

After the Show the poppies will be carefully stored until Remembrance Weekend (November 11 and 12) when they will be displayed in Exeter Cathedral.