07 August 2017

Meet the people bringing Poppies: Wave to the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial - Part 1

In the run up to the official opening of Poppies: Wave, brought to the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial as part of the UK-wide tour by 14-18 NOW, the Commission will be introducing some of the people bringing the incredible structure to the city.


First up is local business woman Lesley Shorrocks, who has been appointed by the Commission as its new Duty Manager. Lesley lives in Stonehouse, Plymouth, and is now a freelance marketing and events manager, after running her own business for 25 years.

She was one of the civilian organisers of the outdoor spectacular Music of the Night presented at the Royal Citadel between 1992 to 2012.

Lesley said: “Now I have finished full-time work, I’m in the lucky position of being able to work on a project-by-project basis and what a project to start with! I saw the HM Tower of London poppies in 2014 and know a great number of people will be eager to see this sculpture in the city.”

Lesley will be making sure the arrival of the Poppies runs smoothly, while managing the volunteers who will give residents and visitors to the artwork on the Hoe the best experience ever.

Lesley said: “Plymouth is very fortunate to be hosting Poppies: Wave at the CWGC Naval Memorial and I’m thrilled to be able to help on this project. 

“The volunteers I’ve spoken to are just as excited about seeing the poppies as I am and we’ve already had a large number of volunteers sign up, but we do need more, so I’d encourage people to sign up as soon as possible.

“We’re all looking forward to being a part of the commemoration of the First World War Centenary in a city, which has such a strong military heritage, and helping our visitors get the most out of what will be a unique experience.”

Poppies: Wave will be on show at the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial from August 23 to November 19, and is presented by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, to mark the centenary of the First World War.

In readiness for the incredible Wave, a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, the CWGC is looking for more volunteers.

Anyone wishing to sign up and be part of Poppies: Wave should email volunteers@cwgc.org.

You must be aged 18+ and be prepared to work outside. All training and a uniform will be given by CWGC.